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Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group fell $0.70 (-1.3%) to $53.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,842,381 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,884,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.60-$54.55 after having opened the day at $54.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.46. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: American Lorain ( ALN), down 5.9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 4.9%, Cott ( COT), down 4.1% and Annie's ( BNNY), down 3.9%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. operates as a brand owner, manufacturer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The company operates in three segments: Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages, and Latin America Beverages. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 8.0%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 4.7%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 4.6% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Monster Beverage ( MNST) 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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