BRF - Brasil Foods SA (BRFS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, BRF - Brasil Foods fell 27 cents (-1.7%) to $15.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.76-$16.19 after having opened the day at $16.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.13. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Key Technology ( KTEC), down 7.8%, Seneca Foods ( SENEA), down 5.8%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 5.1%, and Synutra International ( SYUT), down 4.8%.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $14.31 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.9, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 24.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate BRF - Brasil Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 7.1%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 5.9%, SunOpta ( STKL), up 4.1%, and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 3.9%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) 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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