The food & beverage industry closed the day down 0.9%. Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), American Lorain ( ALN), and Central European Distribution ( CEDC) were all decliners today within the food & beverage industry with Pilgrims Pride ( PPC) being today's featured food & beverage loser. Pilgrims Pride fell 35 cents (-8%) to $4.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 725,393 shares of Pilgrims Pride exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 898,100 shares.

Pilgrim's Corp. produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh and frozen chicken products to retailers, distributors, and foodservice operators primarily in the United States. Pilgrims Pride has a market cap of $885.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pilgrims Pride as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Coffee Holding Company Inc ( JVA), Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX) were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( KO) 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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