Companhia De Bebidas Das Americas Ambev (ABV): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev fell 67 cents (-1.7%) to $38.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.34-$38.79 after having opened the day at $38.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.13. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: 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%.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $122.52 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 25.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Dean Foods Company ( DF) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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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