Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) 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, Molson Coors Brewing Company rose $1.19 (2.5%) to $48.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Molson Coors Brewing Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.15-$48.73 after having opened the day at $47.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.37. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 12.5%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 8.4%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 6.3%, and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 6.2%.
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Molson Coors Brewing Company manufactures and sells beer and other beverage products. Molson Coors Brewing Company has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Molson Coors Brewing Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Molson Coors Brewing Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 8.6%, Reeds ( REED), down 7%, BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS), down 5.1%, and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with General Mills ( GIS) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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