Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

(

GMCR

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell $1.30 (-5.2%) to $23.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.44-$25.07 after having opened the day at $24.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.90. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were:

Jones Soda Company

(

JSDA

), down 11.7%,

Central European Distribution

(

CEDC

), down 5.8%,

Bachoco Industries

(

IBA

), down 5.4%, and

Primo Water

(

PRMW

), down 3.9%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $4.01 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, 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 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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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