Coca-Cola Co (KO): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Coca-Cola ( KO) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola rose 43 cents (1.1%) to $39.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14.4 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.66-$39.12 after having opened the day at $38.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.59. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Alico ( ALCO), up 6.2%, Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), up 4.9%, Treehouse Foods ( THS), up 4.5%, and Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 4.2%.
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The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $173.63 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 8.7%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 4.8%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 4.1%, were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Hormel Foods Corporation ( HRL) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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