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BRF - Brasil Foods SA (BRFS): Food & Beverage's Spotlighted Daily Leader

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, BRF - Brasil Foods rose 65 cents (2.9%) to $22.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.17-$22.84 after having opened the day at $22.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.18. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), up 19.4%, Monster Beverage ( MNST), up 4.7%, Cresud ( CRESY), up 4.5%, and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4%.

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BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $19.38 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate BRF - Brasil Foods a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 40.7%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 3.6%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 3%, and Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V ( IBA), down 3%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Tyson Foods ( TSN) 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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