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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $1.39 (3.2%) to $45.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.01-$45.65 after having opened the day at $44.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.01. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 5.1%, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 5.1%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 4.3%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 4.3%.
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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 $6.78 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 15.3%, Boulder Brands ( SMBL), down 15.3%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5.5%, and Tyson Foods ( TSN), down 3.7%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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