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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 16,545 as of Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,121 issues advancing vs. 844 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Food & Beverage industry included

Golden

(

GLDC

), up 3.1%,

SkyPeople Fruit Juice

(

SPU

), up 2.7%,

RiceBran Technologies

(

RIBT

), up 5.5%,

Agria

(

GRO

), up 1.6% and

Primo Water

(

PRMW

), up 8.8%.

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

Primo Water

(

PRMW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today. Primo Water was up $0.36 (8.8%) to $4.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 124,415 shares of Primo Water exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 136,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.07-$4.48 after having opened the day at $4.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.10.

Primo Water Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides multi-gallon purified bottled water, self-service refill water, and water dispensers in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Primo Water and Primo Dispensers. Primo Water has a market cap of $101.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 55.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Primo Water a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Primo Water as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRMW go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 44.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.59 million to -$3.75 million.
  • The gross profit margin for PRIMO WATER CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.29%. Regardless of PRMW's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PRMW's net profit margin of -15.95% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, PRIMO WATER CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.78, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that PRMW's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.50, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • PRIMO WATER CORP's earnings per share declined by 50.0% 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, PRIMO WATER CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.38 versus -$3.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.13 versus -$0.38).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Primo Water Ratings Report

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At the close,

Agria

(

GRO

) was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,111 shares of Agria exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 177,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.30-$1.33 after having opened the day at $1.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.31.

Agria has a market cap of $72.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GRO go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Agria Ratings Report

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SkyPeople Fruit Juice

(

SPU

) was another company that pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today. SkyPeople Fruit Juice was up $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,348 shares of SkyPeople Fruit Juice exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.41-$1.50 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.46.

SkyPeople Fruit Juice, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells fruit juice concentrates, fruit beverages, and other fruit-related products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. SkyPeople Fruit Juice has a market cap of $37.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate SkyPeople Fruit Juice a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SkyPeople Fruit Juice as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPU go as follows:

  • SPU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SPU has a quick ratio of 2.40, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 39.15% is the gross profit margin for SKYPEOPLE FRUIT JUICE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.27% trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 86.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.82 million to $0.50 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, SKYPEOPLE FRUIT JUICE INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

SkyPeople Fruit Juice Ratings Report

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