Monster Beverage Corp (MNST): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage rose 86 cents (1.9%) to $45.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.05-$45.59 after having opened the day at $44.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.40. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Key Technology ( KTEC), up 12%, Feihe International ( ADY), up 5.5%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 4.9%, and Smart Balance ( SMBL), up 4%.
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Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $7.93 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 8.1%, Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), down 5.8%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5.7%, and Primo Water ( PRMW), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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