Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc (CCE): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Coca-Cola ( CCE) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola rose 36 cents (1%) to $36.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.95-$36.35 after having opened the day at $35.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.91. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 24.8%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 23.9%, Reeds ( REED), up 14.2%, and Seneca Foods ( SENEB), up 6.8%.
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Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. produces, distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages. It provides still and sparkling waters, flavored waters, juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, teas, and coffees. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $9.83 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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