Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company fell 58 cents (-0.8%) to $73.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.89-$74.61 after having opened the day at $73.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.59. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 11.2%, Reeds ( REED), down 7.1%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 4.6%, and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 3.9%.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 30.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Smithfield Foods ( SFD), up 3.9%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 3.8%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), up 3.3%, and Ralcorp Holdings Incorporated ( RAH), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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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