The food & beverage industry closed the day down 0.9%. AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Coffee Holding Company Inc ( JVA), Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX) were all winners today within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( KO) being today's featured food & beverage winner. Coca-Cola rose 51 cents (0.8%) to $65.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.3 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares.

The Coca-Cola Company manufactures, distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. It principally offers sparkling and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $150.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, 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 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), American Lorain ( ALN), and Central European Distribution ( CEDC) were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Pilgrims Pride ( PPC) 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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