General Mills Inc. (GIS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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General Mills ( GIS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, General Mills rose 51 cents (1.3%) to $39.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.35-$40.30 after having opened the day at $39.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.35. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Teavana Holdings ( TEA), up 52.5%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 3.6%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 3.4%, and Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), up 2.8%.
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General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $25.29 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 12.4%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 7.1%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 6.4%, and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Mondelez International ( MDLZ) 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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