The food & beverage industry closed the day up 1.2%. Leading Brands Inc ( LBIX), Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), Seaboard Corporation ( SEB), and Synutra International Inc ( SYUT) were all winners today within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo Inc ( PEP) being today's featured food & beverage winner. PepsiCo Inc rose 52 cents (0.8%) to $62.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of PepsiCo Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares.

PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. PepsiCo Inc has a market cap of $97.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 15.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Reddy Ice Holdings Inc ( FRZ), Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), Overhill Farms Inc ( OFI), and Coffee Holding Company Inc ( JVA) 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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