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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell 91 cents (-1.5%) to $59.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 844,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.62-$60.76 after having opened the day at $60.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.57. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.6%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 7%, B&G Foods ( BGS), down 6.8%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 5.3%.
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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 $2.82 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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