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Companhia De Bebidas Das Americas Ambev (ABV): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev (ABV) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev rose $0.47 (1.2%) to $39.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,633,260 shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,951,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.27-$39.85 after having opened the day at $39.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.27. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: B&G Foods (BGS), up 7.0%, Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP), up 5.9%, Primo Water (PRMW), up 5.7% and Mondelez International (MDLZ), up 5.3%.

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Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $123.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, 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 negative front, Central European Distribution (CEDC), down 22.5%, Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVVI), down 3.9%, Agria Corporation (GRO), down 1.9% and Cresud (CRESY), down 1.6%.

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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