NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumer staples is a sector that could be hit or miss when it comes to investing. Yet,  TheStreet's Jim Cramer says the decline in raw costs (despite company hedges) has boosted some of the sector's stocks.

It's one of 12 sectors where investors should put their money. In each of Cramer's 12 sectors, "you can almost throw darts and win with a couple of rare exceptions," Cramer wrote in Here Are 12 Sectors to Bet On on the Real Money Web site.

The S&P 500 Consumer Staples Sector Index has slightly outperformed the broader S&P 500 (SPY) index this year, up 13% and 12%, respectively.

We've listed Cramer's picks alongside the TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary stock rating tool which projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 30 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating stocks. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Cramer's analysis and that of TheStreet Ratings may differ as Cramer may evaluate stocks without regard to time horizon, while TheStreet Ratings uses consensus estimates for the next 12 months only. In addition, changes in TheStreet Ratings may lag Jim Cramer's analysis, as consensus estimates may take some time to change meaningfully.

Check out Cramer's top picks in the packaged goods sector.

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble (PG) is a consumer products company that develops, manufactures and markets personal care, home care, baby and family care products. The company is aiming to pare down its total number of brands to between 70 and 80 brands. P&G's net sales in fiscal 2014 totaled $83 billion.

Market Cap: $245 billion

52-week high: $91.17 on Dec. 2, 2014

52-week low: $75.26 on Jan. 31

Year-to-date Return: 11%

TheStreet Ratings team rates PROCTER & GAMBLE CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PROCTER & GAMBLE CO (PG) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PG Ratings Report

Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) offers products through its personal care, consumer tissue, K-C Professional and health care brands. Kimberly-Clark's net sales in fiscal 2013 totaled $21 billion.

Market Cap: $43 billion

52-week high: $116.78 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $98.26 on Dec. 17, 2013

Year-to-date Return: 14.5%

TheStreet Ratings team rates KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP (KMB) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: KMB Ratings Report

Clorox

Known for its cleaning and bleach products, Clorox (CLX) is a multinational manufacturer of consumer and professional products. It had fiscal 2014 net sales of $5.6 billion.

Market Cap: $13 billion

52-week high: $102.29 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $83.70 on Feb. 5

Year-to-date Return: 7%

TheStreet Ratings team rates CLOROX CO/DE as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CLOROX CO/DE (CLX) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CLX Ratings Report

PepsiCo

PepsiCo (PEP) is a global beverage and snack company, with brands including Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana in its portfolio. PepsiCo had net revenue of $66 billion in fiscal 2013.

Market Cap: $146 billion

52-week high: $100.70 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $77.01 on Feb. 19

Year-to-date Return: 18%

TheStreet Ratings team rates PEPSICO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PEPSICO INC (PEP) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PEP Ratings Report

Monster Beverage

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) had net sales of $2.3 billion in fiscal 2013. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in the company.

Market Cap: $18 billion

52-week high: $113.50 on Nov. 28

52-week low: $60.57 on Feb. 5

Year-to-date Return: 57%

TheStreet Ratings team rates MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP (MNST) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MNST Ratings Report

-Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

Follow @LKulikowski

More from Investing

Trump's 'Space Force' Could Launch a $1 Trillion Industry, Morgan Stanley Says

Trump's 'Space Force' Could Launch a $1 Trillion Industry, Morgan Stanley Says

Abiomed Stock Should Rise Some 12% From Here, Piper Jaffray Analyst Says

Abiomed Stock Should Rise Some 12% From Here, Piper Jaffray Analyst Says

Video: Here Is Why Carvana Isn't Worried About Amazon

Video: Here Is Why Carvana Isn't Worried About Amazon

Video: What Oprah's Content Partnership With Apple Means for the Rest of Tech

Video: What Oprah's Content Partnership With Apple Means for the Rest of Tech

REPLAY: Jim Cramer on the Markets, Oil, Starbucks, Tesla, Okta and Red Hat

REPLAY: Jim Cramer on the Markets, Oil, Starbucks, Tesla, Okta and Red Hat