The food & beverage industry closed the day up 1.5%. Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), Leading Brands Inc ( LBIX), Synutra International Inc ( SYUT), and Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID) were all decliners today within the food & beverage industry with SunOpta Inc ( STKL) being today's featured food & beverage loser. SunOpta Inc fell 4 cents (-0.7%) to $5.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 63,886 shares of SunOpta Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 316,600 shares.

SunOpta Inc. manufactures and markets natural, organic, and specialty foods and natural health products. It specializes in sourcing, processing, and packaging of natural and organic food products. SunOpta Inc has a market cap of $349.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 7.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunOpta as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), and Agria Corporation ( GRO) were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( KO) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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