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Hansen Natural Corporation (HANS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Hansen Natural Corporation ( HANS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hansen Natural Corporation fell 79 cents (-0.8%) to $91.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 987,990 shares of Hansen Natural Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in price between $91.13-$93.81 after having opened the day at $93.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.73. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), down 23.9%, AgFeed Industries ( FEED), down 7.7%, China Nutrifruit Group ( CNGL), down 7.1%, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 7.1%.

Hansen Natural Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes beverages in the United States and internationally. Hansen Natural Corporation has a market cap of $8.25 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.7, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 40 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 81.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Hansen Natural Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hansen Natural Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 11.2%, Limoneira ( LMNR), up 8.7%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 6.3%, and Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 5.3%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo ( PEP) 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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