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

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) 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, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose 45 cents (1%) to $43.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.27-$44.56 after having opened the day at $43.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.51. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Synutra International ( SYUT), up 9.5%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 5.2%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 4.8%, and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 4.7%.
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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 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Annie's ( BNNY), down 4.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 3.4%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 3.3%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) 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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