Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Bunge ( BG) 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, Bunge fell 96 cents (-1.3%) to $72.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 838,244 shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.30-$73.79 after having opened the day at $73.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.51. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), down 10.2%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 8.1%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 5.5%, and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 2.9%.
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Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in agriculture and food business worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $10.82 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.