Sanderson Farms

(

SAFM

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Sanderson Farms fell $1.65 (-3%) to $52.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 564,920 shares of Sanderson Farms exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 218,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.88-$55.87 after having opened the day at $55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.31. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were:

Golden

(

GLDC

), down 4%,

China New Borun Corporation

(

BORN

), down 3.3%,

Teavana Holdings

(

TEA

), down 3.2%, and

Concha y Toro Winery

(

VCO

), down 2.1%.

Sanderson Farms, Inc., an integrated poultry processing company, engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, and prepared chicken products in the United States. Sanderson Farms has a market cap of $1.21 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sanderson Farms a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sanderson Farms as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A

(

CCH

), up 14.7%,

Reeds

(

REED

), up 8.4%,

Pilgrims Pride

(

PPC

), up 7.4%, and

Adecoagro

(

AGRO

), up 6.9%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev

(

ABV

) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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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