Dean Foods Company

(

DF

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose 8 cents (0.7%) to $12.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.17-$12.42 after having opened the day at $12.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.29. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

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%.

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Dean Foods Company operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Fresh Dairy Direct, WhiteWave-Alpro, and Morningstar. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $2.26 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

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

Archer-Daniels Midland Company

(

ADM

) 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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