3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 72 points (-0.4%) at 17,208 as of Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 456 issues advancing vs. 2,548 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Xerox Corporation ( XRX), down 3.0%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.0%, BRF ( BRFS), down 3.0%, Mattel ( MAT), down 2.8% and Icahn ( IEP), down 2.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), up 1.1%, International Paper ( IP), up 0.9%, Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), up 0.9%, Kimberly-Clark ( KMB), up 0.7% and Procter & Gamble ( PG), up 0.6%.

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

3. Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Mondelez International is down $0.71 (-2.0%) to $34.96 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.90-$35.61 after having opened the day at $35.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.67.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $60.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.26 (-1.6%) to $16.39 on average volume. Thus far, 12.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.37-$16.61 after having opened the day at $16.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.65.

Ford Motor Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $63.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $11.64 (-4.5%) to $247.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $244.71-$256.02 after having opened the day at $255.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $259.32.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $32.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 72.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Tesla 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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