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

Bunge ( BG) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Bunge rose $1.93 (3.3%) to $60.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.03-$62.05 after having opened the day at $59.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.03. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: SodaStream International ( SODA), up 6.1%, Smart Balance ( SMBL), up 5.5%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 5.5%, and Alico ( ALCO), up 4.5%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the agriculture and food businesses worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, 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 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 12.2%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 6.6%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 4.4%, and Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 3.8%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) being today's food & beverage industry loser.

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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