Cott Corp (COT): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

The food & beverage industry closed the day down 2%. Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), Overhill Farms Inc ( OFI), SkyPeople Fruit Juice Inc ( SPU), and China Nutrifruit Group ( CNGL) were all winners today within the food & beverage industry with Cott ( COT) being today's featured food & beverage winner. Cott rose 5 cents (0.7%) to $7.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 93,099 shares of Cott exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 471,700 shares.

Cott Corporation engages in the production and distribution of retailer brand beverages in North America and internationally. It offers carbonated soft drinks, flavored waters, energy-related drinks, juice, juice-based products, bottled water, and ready-to-drink teas. Cott has a market cap of $696.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 12.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cott as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc ( GMCR), Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), and Feihe International Inc ( ADY) were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Bunge ( BG) 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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