Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose 68 cents (1.6%) to $42.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.36-$43.26 after having opened the day at $42.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.22. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 7.4%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 6.8%, Teavana Holdings ( TEA), up 6.1%, and Cresud ( CRESY), up 5%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. engages in the ownership, manufacture, and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.04 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 15.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 6.4%, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), down 5.9%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 5.3%, and Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 4.1%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Monster Beverage ( MNST) 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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