3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

3. Johnson Controls ( JCI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $46.43 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.12-$46.51 after having opened the day at $46.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.01.

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Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Johnson Controls a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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