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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company fell 30 cents (-1.6%) to $18.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.20-$18.56 after having opened the day at $18.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.51. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 11%, Golden ( GLDC), down 5%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 4.9%, and Ingredion ( INGR), down 4.6%.
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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 $3.41 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, Dole Food ( DOLE), up 9.6%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 6.9%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 6.5%, and Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Beam ( BEAM) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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