Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

(

GMCR

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose 71 cents (1.6%) to $45.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.19-$46.74 after having opened the day at $45.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.26. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Reddy Ice Holdings

(

FRZ

), up 18.8%,

Reeds

(

REED

), up 8%,

Teavana Holdings

(

TEA

), up 5.1%, and

Rocky Mountain Chocolate

(

RMCF

), up 4%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $6.86 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.9, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two 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 also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

AgFeed Industries

(

FEED

), down 25.1%,

Glg Life Tech

(

GLGL

), down 10.8%,

Overhill Farms

(

OFI

), down 9.3%, and

Limoneira

(

LMNR

), down 6.8%, 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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