Dr Pepper Snapple Group

(

DPS

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose 21 cents (0.5%) to $41.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.59-$41.15 after having opened the day at $40.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.91. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Tianli Agritech

(

OINK

), up 6.1%,

Central European Distribution

(

CEDC

), up 5.3%,

SodaStream International

(

SODA

), up 4.5%, and

John B. Sanfilippo & Son

(

JBSS

), up 4.1%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. engages in the ownership, manufacture, and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $8.59 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 14.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Key Technology

(

KTEC

), down 7.8%,

Bridgford Foods Corporation

(

BRID

), down 5.4%,

Ralcorp Holdings Incorporated

(

RAH

), down 5.4%, and

Coffee Holding Company

(

JVA

), down 3.8%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with

Kraft Foods

(

KFT

) being today's food & beverage industry loser.

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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