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BRF

(

BRFS

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, BRF rose $1.18 (6.1%) to $20.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,124,337 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,844,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.64-$20.50 after having opened the day at $19.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.30. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Reeds

(

REED

), up 6.0%,

Embotelladora Andina

(

AKO.B

), up 3.8%,

Cosan

(

CZZ

), up 3.6% and

Tianli Agritech

(

OINK

), up 3.5%.

BRF S.A., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Domestic Market, Foreign Market, Dairy Products, and Food Service. BRF has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Agria Corporation

(

GRO

), down 9.5%,

Tofutti Brands

(

TOF

), down 5.9%,

Truett-Hurst Inc Class A

(

THST

), down 4.6% and

RiceBran Technologies

(

RIBT

), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with

Whitewave Foods Company

(

WWAV

) 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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