Kraft Foods Inc (KFT): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Kraft Foods ( KFT) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Kraft Foods rose 38 cents (1%) to $39.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.4 million shares of Kraft Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.21-$39.74 after having opened the day at $39.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.03. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 17%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 8.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4.8%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 3.6%.

Kraft Foods Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Kraft Foods has a market cap of $69.11 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Kraft Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 13.3%, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 7.9%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 6.7%, and MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 6.5%, were all losers within the food & beverage industry with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) 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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