Bunge Ltd (BG): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Bunge ( BG) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bunge fell $1.19 (-1.8%) to $64.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.13-$65.45 after having opened the day at $65.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.69. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 8.8%, Reeds ( REED), down 7.2%, Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), down 6.7%, and Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), down 5.1%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the agriculture and food businesses worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $9.84 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, 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 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 6.9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 5.3%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 4.1%, and Balchem Corporation ( BCPC), up 4%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with McCormick & Company ( MKC) 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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