PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Food & Beverage's Featured Underachiever Of The Day

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo fell 94 cents (-1.2%) to $78.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.40-$79.08 after having opened the day at $78.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.53. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 5.7%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 4.5%, and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 4.2%.
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PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $123.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 5.5%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 5.2%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 3.9%, and Reeds ( REED), up 3.8%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Smithfield Foods ( SFD) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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