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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2. As of noon trading, Under Armour ( UA) is up $1.48 (2.2%) to $69.23 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Under Armour exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.19-$69.60 after having opened the day at $68.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.75.

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Under Armour, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Under Armour has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 55.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Under Armour a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Under Armour as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Under Armour Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.16 (0.5%) to $33.87 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.72-$34.06 after having opened the day at $33.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.71.

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General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $54.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full General Motors 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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