3 Stocks Advancing The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 18,094 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,162 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include VF ( VFC), up 2.4%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.6% and Toyota Motor ( TM), up 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Flowers Foods ( FLO), up 4.7%.

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

3. Under Armour ( UA) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Under Armour is up $1.03 (1.3%) to $77.95 on light volume. Thus far, 846,006 shares of Under Armour exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.60-$78.18 after having opened the day at $76.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.92.

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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 $13.9 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 Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Under Armour a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Under Armour Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.56 (1.6%) to $36.38 on average volume. Thus far, 10.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.97-$36.46 after having opened the day at $36.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.81.

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General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. It operates through GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations, GM South America, and GM Financial segments. General Motors has a market cap of $57.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $2.36 (0.9%) to $249.79 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $245.05-$251.80 after having opened the day at $247.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $247.43.

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Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles, electric vehicle powertrain components, and stationary energy storage systems in the United States, China, Norway, and internationally. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Tesla Motors a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full Tesla Motors 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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