SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell 76 cents (-1.8%) to $40.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 598,880 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.46-$42.26 after having opened the day at $42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.33. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 16.8%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 6.3%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 4.5%, and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 3.9%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $832.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 24.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 17.9%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 15.1%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 12.3%, and Seneca Foods ( SENEA), up 12.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( KO) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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