Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Food & Beverage's Featured Underachiever Of The Day

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.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell 78 cents (-1.3%) to $57.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.90-$58.08 after having opened the day at $57.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.22. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 33.7%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 4.9%, Adecoagro ( AGRO), down 4.1%, and Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 3.7%.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 10.3%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 5.8%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 3.7%, and Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 3.3%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with ConAgra Foods ( CAG) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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