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Pilgrims Pride Corp. (PPC): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

The food & beverage industry closed the day up 2.2%. Glg Life Tech (GLGL), American Lorain (ALN), AgFeed Industries Inc (FEED), and Treehouse Foods Inc (THS) were all decliners today within the food & beverage industry with Pilgrims Pride (PPC) being today's featured food & beverage loser. Pilgrims Pride fell 2 cents (-0.5%) to $4.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 602,151 shares of Pilgrims Pride exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 898,100 shares.

Pilgrim's Corp. produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products to retailers, distributors, and foodservice operators primarily in the United States. Pilgrims Pride has a market cap of $885.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pilgrims Pride as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Coffee Holding Company Inc (JVA), Limoneira (LMNR), Synutra International Inc (SYUT), and Seaboard Corporation (SEB) were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola (KO) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage (PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN (ADZ).

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