Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose $5.04 (40.6%) to $17.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 30.2 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.67-$17.50 after having opened the day at $15.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.42. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 13.1%, Tyson Foods ( TSN), up 8.1%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 8%, and Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 6.4%.

Dean Foods Company operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Fresh Dairy Direct, WhiteWave-Alpro, and Morningstar. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $2.25 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 21.2%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 9.4%, Treehouse Foods ( THS), down 8.6%, and China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 6.5%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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