3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Consumer Goods Sector

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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 lower today:

3. Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark is down $1.18 (-1.1%) to $105.88 on light volume. Thus far, 483,173 shares of Kimberly-Clark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.81-$107.06 after having opened the day at $107.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.06.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is down $0.80 (-0.9%) to $90.85 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.80-$91.80 after having opened the day at $91.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.65.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, dips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $138.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.33 (-0.8%) to $41.62 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.56-$41.92 after having opened the day at $41.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.95.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes coke, diet coke, and other soft drinks worldwide. The company primarily offers nonalcoholic beverages, including sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $185.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Coca-Cola 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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