All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 52 points (-0.3%) at 17,953 as of Thursday, June 9, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 920 issues advancing vs. 2,028 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Tyson Foods ( TSN), up 2.4%, Nike ( NKE), up 1.6% and Apple ( AAPL), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.3%, General Motors ( GM), down 1.2% and Ford Motor ( F), down 1.2%.

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

3. JM Smucker ( SJM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, JM Smucker is up $9.80 (7.4%) to $142.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of JM Smucker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 740,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $139.00-$142.83 after having opened the day at $139.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.71.

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The J. M. Smucker Company manufactures and markets branded food products worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Retail Coffee; U.S. Retail Consumer Foods; U.S. Retail Pet Foods; and International, Foodservice, and Natural Foods. JM Smucker has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate JM Smucker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JM Smucker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full JM Smucker Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hershey ( HSY) is up $1.57 (1.7%) to $95.29 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Hershey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.54-$96.71 after having opened the day at $93.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.72.

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The Hershey Company manufactures, imports, markets, distributes, and sells confectionery products. The company operates through two segments, North America, and International and Other. Hershey has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Hershey a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hershey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Hershey Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Reynolds American ( RAI) is up $0.33 (0.7%) to $50.92 on light volume. Thus far, 928,020 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.50-$50.93 after having opened the day at $50.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.59.

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Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures, and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in the United States. It operates through RJR Tobacco, Santa Fe, and American Snuff segments. Reynolds American has a market cap of $72.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Reynolds American 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).