PepsiCo ( PEP) 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, PepsiCo rose 49 cents (0.7%) to $66.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.77-$66.74 after having opened the day at $65.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), up 58%, Reeds ( REED), up 7.1%, Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM), up 7.1%, and Fresh Del Monte Produce ( FDP), up 7%. PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of snacks, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, dairy products, and other foods worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $103.38 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.
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