Monster Beverage Corp (MNST): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage fell $2.07 (-3.1%) to $65.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.17-$67.61 after having opened the day at $67.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.56. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), down 9.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5.1%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 4.8%, and Andersons ( ANDE), down 3.8%.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $11.76 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.6, 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 46.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 positive front, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 8.6%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 7.1%, Reeds ( REED), up 5.5%, and Diamond Foods ( DMND), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) 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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