SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell 91 cents (-1.9%) to $47.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 808,551 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.91-$49 after having opened the day at $48.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.50. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Boulder Brands ( SMBL), down 11.5%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 11.5%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5.5%, and Reeds ( REED), down 5.3%.
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SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $946.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 9.6%, G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 6.4%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 5.8%, and Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 5.6%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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