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3 Stocks Raising The Food & Beverage Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55.93 points (-0.3%) at 16,507 as of Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 2,012 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Food & Beverage industry included Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 3.9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 1.9%, National Beverage ( FIZZ), up 2.3%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 2.4% and Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 1.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today. Craft Brew Alliance was up $0.21 (1.9%) to $11.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 32,484 shares of Craft Brew Alliance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 81,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.23-$11.48 after having opened the day at $11.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.22.

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. is engaged in brewing, marketing, and selling craft beers and ciders under the Kona, Widmer Brothers, Redhook, Omission, and Square Mile brand names in the United States. It operates in two segments, Beer Related Operations and Pubs Operations. Craft Brew Alliance has a market cap of $213.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 31.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Craft Brew Alliance a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Craft Brew Alliance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BREW go as follows:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust.
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CRAFT BREW ALLIANCE INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CRAFT BREW ALLIANCE INC reported lower earnings of $0.11 versus $0.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.24 versus $0.11).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, CRAFT BREW ALLIANCE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CRAFT BREW ALLIANCE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.80%. Regardless of BREW's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BREW's net profit margin of -0.45% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Craft Brew Alliance Ratings Report

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