3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 73 points (-0.4%) at 16,976 as of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 593 issues advancing vs. 2,443 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include BRF ( BRFS), down 3.2%, Mondelez International ( MDLZ), down 1.2%, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT), down 1.1% and Philip Morris International ( PM), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is up $0.74 (0.6%) to $117.11 on average volume. Thus far, 140,363 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 273,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.98-$117.40 after having opened the day at $117.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.37.

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Toyota Motor Corporation designs, manufactures, assembles, and sells passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia, and internationally. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $184.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is up $1.10 (1.0%) to $115.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 653,418 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 790,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $114.34-$116.31 after having opened the day at $114.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.42.

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Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. Ecolab has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, VF ( VFC) is up $1.16 (1.8%) to $65.82 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of VF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.79-$66.09 after having opened the day at $64.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.66.

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V.F. Corporation designs, manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate VF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full VF Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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