Beam Inc (BEAM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Beam ( BEAM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Beam rose 71 cents (1.2%) to $60.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 518,078 shares of Beam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 816,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.36-$60.20 after having opened the day at $59.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.40. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 9.3%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.4%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 5.5%, and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 5.3%.

Beam Inc. engages in producing and selling branded distilled spirits products worldwide. Beam has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Currently there are five analysts that rate Beam a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beam as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 5.1%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 3.5%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 3.4%, and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 2.6%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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