Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell 63 cents (-1.1%) to $55.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 544,536 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.53-$56.74 after having opened the day at $56.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.35. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), down 4.7%, Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 2.6%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 2.5%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 2.1%.
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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $2.58 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 52.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 8.1%, John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), up 5.3%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 5.3%, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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