Tobacco and Soda Stocks are Attracting Major Trading Interest Mid-Day

Consumer stocks are starting to rally after Coca-Cola Enterprises was upgraded to a buy. Through most of the trading day on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Consumer/Non-Cyclical (NYSE:XLP) sector.

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Shares of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 5.2 million shares trading hands at $69.22(+36 cents), making up a dollar volume of $359.6 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 15, 2011, to September 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.40 (6.8%) from $64.97 to $69.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.9% (+$3.82). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.9% (-$1.94).

Shares of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $209.6 million, based on a current price of $65.94 (-5 cents) and 3.2 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From September 2, 2011, to September 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.34 (-3.4%) from $68.24 to $65.90. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 10, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.3% (+$3.06). It saw one of its worst periods between August 29, 2011 and September 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$2.69).

Shares of PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 4.1 million shares trading hands at $60.83(+69 cents), making up a dollar volume of $252.3 million.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to September 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.06 (-11.8%) from $68.05 to $59.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 10, 2011 and August 17, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$4.26). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.6% (-$2.50).

Shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $174 million, based on a current price of $26.11 (-1 cent) and 6.7 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 12, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.34 (5.3%) from $25.20 to $26.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$1.62). It saw one of its worst periods between June 20, 2011 and June 29, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.5% (-$1.22).

Shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $243.2 million, based on a current price of $61.77 (0 cents) and 3.9 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to September 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.24 (-3.5%) from $64.08 to $61.84. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.9% (+$3.69). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$4.91).

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