Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

The food & beverage industry closed the day down 3.9%. Tianli Agritech Inc ( OINK), Alico Inc ( ALCO), Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), and Golden Enterprises Inc ( GLDC) were all winners today within the food & beverage industry with Campbell Soup ( CPB) being today's featured food & beverage winner. Campbell Soup rose 48 cents (1.5%) to $32.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. The company's U.S. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Reddy Ice Holdings Inc ( FRZ), Agria Corporation ( GRO), Feihe International Inc ( ADY), and Central European Distribution ( CEDC) were all losers within the food & beverage industry with AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED) being today's food & beverage industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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