3 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Downward

One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,694 as of Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,950 issues advancing vs. 1,002 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive is down $0.78 (-1.2%) to $66.64 on light volume. Thus far, 887,819 shares of Colgate-Palmolive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.62-$67.53 after having opened the day at $67.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.42.

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Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. It operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive has a market cap of $59.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a decline in the stock price during the past year. Get the full Colgate-Palmolive Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) is down $1.40 (-1.1%) to $132.10 on light volume. Thus far, 451,602 shares of Kimberly-Clark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $132.08-$133.73 after having opened the day at $133.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.50.

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and K-C professional products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, and K-C Professional. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.68 (-0.8%) to $81.66 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.64-$82.65 after having opened the day at $82.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.34.

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The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged products worldwide. It operates through five segments: Beauty, Hair and Personal Care; Grooming; Health Care; Fabric Care and Home Care; and Baby, Feminine and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $220.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Procter & Gamble 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 non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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