Hansen Natural Corporation ( HANS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Hansen Natural Corporation rose 76 cents (0.9%) to $88.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 440,494 shares of Hansen Natural Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.40-$89.25 after having opened the day at $87.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.14. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Crumbs Bake Shop Inc ( CRMB), up 10.4%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 5.3%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 5.2%, and Andersons Inc ( ANDE), up 4.1%. Hansen Natural Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes beverages in the United States and internationally. Hansen Natural Corporation has a market cap of $7.92 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 68.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. TheStreet Ratings rates Hansen Natural as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.
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