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

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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, General Mills rose $0.53 (1.1%) to $50.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,799,333 shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,051,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.70-$50.30 after having opened the day at $49.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.68. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 8.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 8.1%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 4.9% and Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 4.7%.
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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 $31.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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.

On the negative front, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 8.1%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 6.8%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( OCCH), down 5.2% and Primo Water ( PRMW), down 4.7%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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