Archer-Daniels Midland Company

(

ADM

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company fell $1.41 (-5.1%) to $26.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11.1 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.96-$26.72 after having opened the day at $26.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.49. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were:

Tianli Agritech

(

OINK

), down 16.8%,

Jones Soda Company

(

JSDA

), down 6.3%,

Seneca Foods

(

SENEA

), down 5.3%, and

Teavana Holdings

(

TEA

), down 4.7%.

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Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products in the United States and internationally. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $18.14 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Le Gaga Holdings

(

GAGA

), up 19.7%,

Central European Distribution

(

CEDC

), up 9%,

Key Technology

(

KTEC

), up 4.9%, and

Willamette Valley Vineyards

(

WVVI

), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with

Dean Foods Company

(

DF

) 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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