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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.3%) at 18,009 as of Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,331 declining with 217 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 4.8%, Sony ( SNE), up 4.5% and PACCAR ( PCAR), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kimberly-Clark ( KMB), down 1.7%, Altria Group ( MO), down 1.0% and Philip Morris International ( PM), down 0.6%.

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

3. Packaging Corp of America ( PKG) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Packaging Corp of America is up $2.92 (4.2%) to $71.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Packaging Corp of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 925,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.31-$72.70 after having opened the day at $70.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.02.

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Packaging Corporation of America manufactures and sells containerboard and corrugated packaging products in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Packaging Corp of America has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Packaging Corp of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Packaging Corp of America as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Packaging Corp of America Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.50 (1.2%) to $41.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 15.4 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.07-$41.57 after having opened the day at $41.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.78.

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The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $177.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $0.70 (0.6%) to $127.61 on light volume. Thus far, 16.4 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $126.32-$127.65 after having opened the day at $126.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.91.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. The company also sells related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. Apple has a market cap of $743.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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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