BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, BRF - Brasil Foods fell 83 cents (-4%) to $20.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.04-$20.66 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.97. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Diamond Foods ( DMND), down 22.8%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 13.3%, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 11.8%, and Reddy Ice Holdings ( FRZ), down 11.5%.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells poultry, pork, beef cuts, milk, dairy products, and processed food products in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $17.77 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.7, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 17.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate BRF - Brasil Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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