General Mills Inc. (GIS): Today's Highlighted Winner For Food & Beverage

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General Mills ( GIS) 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, General Mills rose 55 cents (1.1%) to $48.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.09-$48.63 after having opened the day at $48.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.08. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 13.6%, Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ( FMX), up 4.6%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 3.3%, and Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 2.7%.
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General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $31.04 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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