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SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell $0.78 (-2.0%) to $37.57 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,982,574 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,178,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.28-$40.74 after having opened the day at $39.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.35. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 9.7%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 4.7%, Ingredion ( INGR), down 2.7% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 2.6%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $747.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 14.5%, Synutra International ( SYUT), up 9.8%, Key Technology ( KTEC), up 6.4% and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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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