Sara Lee Corporation (SLE): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Sara Lee Corporation ( SLE) 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%. By the end of trading, Sara Lee Corporation fell 43 cents (-2%) to $21.42 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14.1 million shares of Sara Lee Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.38-$21.84 after having opened the day at $21.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.85. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Feihe International ( ADY), down 23.1%, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), down 13%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 11.9%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 9.7%.

Sara Lee Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of a range of branded packaged meat, bakery, and beverage products worldwide. Sara Lee Corporation has a market cap of $12.84 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 127.2, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 540.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Sara Lee Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sara Lee Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 5.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 3.5%, Zhongpin ( HOGS), up 2.4%, and National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), up 1.9%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) 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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