All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 186 points (1.1%) at 16,337 as of Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,454 issues advancing vs. 1,529 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Philips ( PHG), up 2.0%, Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), up 1.3%, Kimberly-Clark ( KMB), up 1.0% and Procter & Gamble ( PG), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include GoPro ( GPRO), down 17.7%, VF ( VFC), down 2.5%, General Motors ( GM), down 2.4%, Ford Motor ( F), down 1.6% and Philip Morris International ( PM), down 0.8%.

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

3. Estee Lauder Companies ( EL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Estee Lauder Companies is up $1.39 (1.7%) to $84.49 on light volume. Thus far, 622,025 shares of Estee Lauder Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.87-$84.66 after having opened the day at $83.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.10.

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The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures, markets, and sells skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Companies has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Estee Lauder Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Estee Lauder Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is up $0.54 (0.9%) to $58.32 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.51-$58.42 after having opened the day at $57.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.78.

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Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $116.4 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is up $0.54 (1.3%) to $41.13 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.59-$41.93 after having opened the day at $41.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.59.

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Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $66.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Mondelez International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Mondelez International 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).