Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group fell $1.01 (-2.5%) to $39.31 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.25-$39.66 after having opened the day at $39.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.32. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 6.2%, China Nutrifruit Group ( CNGL), down 5%, Alico ( ALCO), down 4.4%, and Teavana Holdings ( TEA), down 3.7%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. engages in the ownership, manufacture, and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $8.55 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity 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 positive front, Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), up 9%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 8.8%, Annie's ( BNNY), up 7%, and Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), up 5%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods ( KFT) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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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