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Hain Celestial Group



) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell 77 cents (-1.3%) to $57.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 558,224 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 748,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.39-$59.30 after having opened the day at $58.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.23. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were:

Dean Foods Company



), down 10.9%,

Central European Distribution



), down 7.6%,

Smart Balance



), down 4.9%, and

Gruma S.A.B. de C.V



), down 3.4%.

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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $2.65 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 33.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 60% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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