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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters



) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $1.25 (1.7%) to $74.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,383,647 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,812,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.00-$74.84 after having opened the day at $72.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.00. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Smithfield Foods



), up 28.4%,

Leading Brands



), up 4.9%,

Tianli Agritech



), up 3.3% and

American Lorain



), up 2.6%.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 73.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Central European Distribution



), down 5.0%,

Calavo Growers



), down 4.6%,

MGP Ingredients



), down 4.5% and

Dole Food



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




) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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