All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 63 points (-0.4%) at 17,011 as of Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 692 issues advancing vs. 2,226 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Nike ( NKE), up 2.1%, Kimberly-Clark ( KMB), up 1.6% and Procter & Gamble ( PG), up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fibria Celulose ( FBR), down 11.1%, Sony ( SNE), down 3.1%, International Paper ( IP), down 2.6% and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 0.9%.

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 $0.39 (0.6%) to $62.20 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 $61.45-$62.27 after having opened the day at $61.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.81.

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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 $123.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $94.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.76-$94.63 after having opened the day at $94.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.90.

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Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, and other nicotine-containing products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $146.4 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.13 (0.3%) to $44.14 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.81-$44.14 after having opened the day at $43.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.01.

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The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $191.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Coca-Cola a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Coca-Cola 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).