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Hillshire Brands Co (HSH): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Hillshire Brands ( HSH) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands rose 59 cents (2.3%) to $25.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.4 million shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.62-$26.88 after having opened the day at $25.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.16. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), up 10%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 9.2%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 7.3%, and Smart Balance ( SMBL), up 7.1%.

Hillshire Brands Company engages in the manufacture and marketing of a range of branded packaged meat and bakery products for the retail and foodservice markets worldwide. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 108.8, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 126.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 388.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front, Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 9.7%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 9%, Treehouse Foods ( THS), down 4.5%, and Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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