Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 18,120 as of Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,606 issues advancing vs. 1,375 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.3%.

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

3. VF ( VFC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, VF is up $1.24 (1.8%) to $71.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of VF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.50-$71.73 after having opened the day at $70.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.13.

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V.F. Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories in the United States and Europe. VF has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate VF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full VF Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.14 (1.0%) to $15.27 on average volume. Thus far, 14.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.22-$15.41 after having opened the day at $15.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.13.

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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 $59.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $4.69 (1.8%) to $264.48 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $258.57-$266.25 after having opened the day at $260.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $259.79.

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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 $33.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Tesla Motors a buy, 2 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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