Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) 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, Mondelez International fell $0.58 (-1.8%) to $31.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,555,519 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,382,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.11-$31.80 after having opened the day at $31.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.73. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 8.3%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 6.0%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 4.4% and Boulder Brands ( SMBL), down 4.0%.
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Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $56.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 16.0%, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 11.9%, Dole Food ( DOLE), down 4.9% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with BRF ( BRFS) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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