All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 61 points (-0.4%) at 16,838 as of Thursday, March 3, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,819 issues advancing vs. 1,100 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Tumi Holdings ( TUMI), up 26.7%, Bunge ( BG), up 3.5%, PACCAR ( PCAR), up 2.5%, BRF ( BRFS), up 2.4% and International Paper ( IP), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Icahn ( IEP), down 3.2%, Whirlpool ( WHR), down 1.8%, Clorox ( CLX), down 1.2%, Brown-Forman ( BF.A), down 1.2% and Constellation Brands Inc A ( STZ), down 1.1%.

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

3. Altria Group ( MO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Altria Group is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $61.85 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.16-$61.89 after having opened the day at $61.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.50.

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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 $120.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 5.7% 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, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.70 (2.3%) to $30.85 on average volume. Thus far, 7.3 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.20-$31.22 after having opened the day at $30.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.15.

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General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations, GM South America, and GM Financial segments. General Motors has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.21 (1.6%) to $13.43 on average volume. Thus far, 20.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.24-$13.61 after having opened the day at $13.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.22.

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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 $52.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Ford Motor 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).