Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company fell 28 cents (-1.6%) to $17.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.18-$17.50 after having opened the day at $17.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.48. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 9.1%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), down 8.6%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), down 5.6%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 5.6%.
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Dean Foods Company operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Fresh Dairy Direct, WhiteWave-Alpro, and Morningstar. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $3.25 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 4.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 3.6%, Seneca Foods ( SENEB), up 3.4%, and Key Technology ( KTEC), up 3.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) 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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