Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $1.60 (4%) to $41.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.40-$41.77 after having opened the day at $39.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.63. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 14.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 9.2%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 7.9%, and G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 5%.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $5.91 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 8.2%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 2.4%, General Mills ( GIS), down 2.4%, and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 2.2%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) 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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