Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 17,644 as of Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,396 issues advancing vs. 1,484 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include G-III Apparel Group ( GIII), down 16.5%, VF ( VFC), down 1.5%, Estee Lauder Companies ( EL), down 1.4%, Canon ( CAJ), down 1.2% and Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), down 1.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Apple ( AAPL), up 0.9%.

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

3. Altria Group ( MO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Altria Group is down $0.58 (-0.9%) to $61.14 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.00-$61.66 after having opened the day at $61.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.72.

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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 $120.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that 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 down $0.80 (-0.8%) to $96.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.43-$97.69 after having opened the day at $97.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.57.

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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 $152.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that 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, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.43 (-0.5%) to $82.89 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.71-$83.32 after having opened the day at $83.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.32.

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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 $224.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, 2 analysts rate 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 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).