3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 18,296 as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,463 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Polaris Industries ( PII), up 4.2%, Autoliv ( ALV), up 3.2%, Leucadia National ( LUK), up 2.9%, Xerox Corporation ( XRX), up 1.4% and Johnson Controls ( JCI), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 2.6%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 1.6%, Ford Motor ( F), down 1.5% and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 1.1%.

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

3. Harman International Industries ( HAR) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Harman International Industries is up $2.93 (2.4%) to $126.34 on average volume. Thus far, 456,381 shares of Harman International Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 949,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.46-$126.73 after having opened the day at $123.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.41.

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Harman International Industries, Incorporated develops, manufactures, and markets audio products, lighting solutions, and electronic systems, as well as digitally integrated audio and infotainment systems for the automotive industry worldwide. Harman International Industries has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Harman International Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harman International Industries 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Harman International Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tyson Foods ( TSN) is up $0.74 (1.7%) to $43.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.97-$43.75 after having opened the day at $43.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.96.

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Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. The company breeds and raises chickens; and processes live chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Tyson Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Tyson Foods Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is up $0.47 (0.6%) to $85.54 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.86-$86.44 after having opened the day at $85.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.07.

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Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company. It operates through six segments: Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Beverages, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, and Canada. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 35.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation. Get the full Kraft Foods Group 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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