Dean Reaches New 52-Week High (DF)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) hit a new 52-week high Monday as it is currently trading at $19.23, above its previous 52-week high of $19.17 with 1.2 million shares traded as of 2:26 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.3 million shares over the past 30 days.

Dean has a market cap of $3.46 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dean as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Dean Ratings Report.

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