All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 65 points (0.4%) at 17,698 as of Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,906 issues advancing vs. 1,052 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), up 9.8%, and Nike ( NKE), up 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 $0.52 (0.8%) to $62.55 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.03-$62.64 after having opened the day at $62.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.03.

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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 $120.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $1.14 (1.1%) to $102.52 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.41-$102.79 after having opened the day at $101.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.37.

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PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos, and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, branded dips, and Fritos corn chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $146.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $1.24 (1.1%) to $108.92 on average volume. Thus far, 28.8 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.60-$110.42 after having opened the day at $108.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.68.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, education, and enterprise and government customers worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $583.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 24 analysts who rate Apple a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apple 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).