3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 18,054 as of Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,776 issues advancing vs. 1,216 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Coca-Cola Femsa SAB de CV ( KOF), up 1.7%, Sony ( SNE), up 1.7%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.0% and Toyota Motor ( TM), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 2.2%, and BRF ( BRFS), down 1.4%.

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

3. Ford Motor ( F) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ford Motor is up $0.30 (2.0%) to $15.33 on average volume. Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.08-$15.35 after having opened the day at $15.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.03.

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Ford Motor Company manufactures and distributes automobiles worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories. Ford Motor has a market cap of $58.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.47 (0.5%) to $94.16 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.89-$94.29 after having opened the day at $94.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.69.

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PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's potato chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Tostitos tortilla chips, branded dips, Ruffles potato chips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $137.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.24 (0.7%) to $35.83 on light volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.64-$36.01 after having opened the day at $35.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.59.

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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 $56.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full General 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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