3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Consumer Goods Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $34.32 on average volume. Thus far, 393,824 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.30-$34.48 after having opened the day at $34.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.04.

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. Honda Motor has a market cap of $62.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 17.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.65 (0.7%) to $89.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.40-$90.00 after having opened the day at $88.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.12.

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NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $61.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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 Nike Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $0.69 (0.7%) to $100.80 on average volume. Thus far, 29.3 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.53-$101.54 after having opened the day at $100.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.11.

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Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $603.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 24.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 26 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Apple 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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