3 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 9 points (0.0%) at 17,911 as of Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,394 issues advancing vs. 1,539 declining with 203 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Fibria Celulose ( FBR), up 3.9%, Herbalife ( HLF), up 3.4%, Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 1.8%, BRF ( BRFS), up 1.4% and Sensata Technologies Holding N.V ( ST), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Gruma SAB de CV ( GMK), down 1.9%, Ingredion ( INGR), down 1.8%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.8% and Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 0.6%.

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

3. Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive is up $0.78 (0.9%) to $83.99 on average volume. Thus far, 945,865 shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.20-$84.18 after having opened the day at $83.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.21.

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Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufacturers vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions to the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Delphi Automotive Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Under Armour ( UA) is up $1.30 (1.6%) to $84.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Under Armour exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.85-$84.44 after having opened the day at $82.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.72.

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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, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Under Armour has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Under Armour a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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, Lorillard ( LO) is up $0.70 (1.0%) to $69.52 on light volume. Thus far, 882,540 shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.61-$69.57 after having opened the day at $68.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.82.

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Lorillard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. It operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Lorillard 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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