Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands fell 89 cents (-2%) to $43.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.07-$44.24 after having opened the day at $44.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.14. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 9.4%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.8%, Constellation Brands ( STZ.B), down 2.8%, and Boulder Brands ( SMBL), down 2.8%.
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Constellation Brands, Inc. produces and markets beverage alcohol in the United States and internationally. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $7.12 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Diamond Foods ( DMND), up 8.9%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 7.6%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 6.8%, and Overhill Farms ( OFI), up 5.7%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Tyson Foods ( TSN) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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