Hansen Natural Corporation (HANS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Hansen Natural Corporation rose $1.72 (1.9%) to $93.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 559,238 shares of Hansen Natural Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.72-$94.53 after having opened the day at $93.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.08. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), up 12.8%, Adecoagro ( AGRO), up 9.4%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 6.1%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 5.5%.

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 $8.03 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.8, 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 76.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 good cash flow from operations. 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.

On the negative front, AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), down 12.8%, Teavana Holdings Inc ( TEA), down 8.9%, Primo Water Corporation ( PRMW), down 4.8%, and Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 4.8%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) being today's food & beverage industry loser.

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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