Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell 52 cents (-1.9%) to $26.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27.1 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.24-$26.80 after having opened the day at $26.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.80. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), down 8.4%, Balchem Corporation ( BCPC), down 5.6%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.7%, and Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 4.5%.
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Mondelēz International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $47.12 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 8.6%, Boston Beer Company ( SAM), up 7.9%, Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 5.2%, and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) 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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