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

Bunge ( BG) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Bunge fell $1.48 (-2.4%) to $60.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 918,576 shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.75-$62.30 after having opened the day at $62.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.30. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 11.4%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 9.1%, Boston Beer Company ( SAM), down 6.5%, and Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 5.1%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the agriculture and food businesses worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $9.23 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, 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 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

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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