Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company fell 48 cents (-1.7%) to $26.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.88-$27.36 after having opened the day at $27.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.39. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 9.6%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 7.9%, Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 7.6%, and China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 7.3%.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products in the United States and internationally. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $17.98 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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