Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company rose 34 cents (1.3%) to $26.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.06-$26.56 after having opened the day at $26.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.17. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Seneca Foods ( SENEB), up 15.1%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 11.4%, Reeds ( REED), up 8%, and Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 7.7%.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products in the United States and internationally. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $17.43 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 14.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 4.4%, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), down 3.9%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 3.8%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 3.7%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Smithfield Foods ( SFD) 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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