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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

(

MJN

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company rose $0.89 (1.1%) to $82.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,892,836 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,989,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.44-$84.76 after having opened the day at $82.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.10. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

SunOpta

(

STKL

), up 2.9%,

S&W Seed Company

(

SANW

), up 2.6%,

Embotelladora Andina

(

AKO.B

), up 2.4% and

Dean Foods Company

(

DF

), up 2.3%.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Reeds

(

REED

), down 29.4%,

Castle Brands

(

ROX

), down 7.9%,

Origin Agritech

(

SEED

), down 7.6% and

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with

SodaStream International

(

SODA

) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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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