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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company rose $1.38 (1.8%) to $78.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,294,477 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,746,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.68-$79.22 after having opened the day at $75.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.25. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 8.5%, Reeds ( REED), up 5.1%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 5.1% and Key Technology ( KTEC), up 3.1%.

Mead Johnson is a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., see separate record. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 7.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 6.0%, National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), down 4.1% and Cosan ( CZZ), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with McCormick & Company ( MKC) 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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