Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group fell 47 cents (-1%) to $45.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 857,906 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.93-$45.47 after having opened the day at $45.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.48. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 9.7%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 9%, Treehouse Foods ( THS), down 4.5%, and Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 4.3%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. engages in the ownership, manufacture, and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.52 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), up 10%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 9.2%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 7.3%, and Smart Balance ( SMBL), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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