3 Stocks Dragging In The Consumer Goods Sector

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One 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 lower today:

3. Kellogg ( K) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kellogg is down $1.19 (-1.9%) to $62.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Kellogg exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.53-$63.54 after having opened the day at $63.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.87.

Kellogg Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates through U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Kellogg has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kellogg a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is down $0.84 (-1.4%) to $57.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.48-$58.25 after having opened the day at $58.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.35.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and worldwide. It operates through Beverages, Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, Canada, and Other Businesses segments. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations 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 Kraft Foods Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is down $2.19 (-4.1%) to $50.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.78-$52.29 after having opened the day at $52.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.18.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods in the United States and internationally. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. The company operates in three segments: U.S. General Mills has a market cap of $32.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 General Mills 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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