Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

The food & beverage industry closed the day up 0.2%. Reddy Ice Holdings Inc ( FRZ), China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), Sadia ( SDA), and AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED) were all decliners today within the food & beverage industry with Dean Foods Company ( DF) being today's featured food & beverage loser. Dean Foods Company fell 27 cents (-2.8%) to $9.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares.

Dean Foods Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar and WhiteWave-Alpro. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc ( GRIF), Agria Corporation ( GRO), and Zhongpin Inc ( HOGS) were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods Inc ( KFT) 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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