Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $1.19 (1.5%) to $79.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,252,402 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,562,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.65-$79.98 after having opened the day at $78.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.39. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 31.6%, Overhill Farms ( OFI), up 13.8%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 8.1% and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.1%.
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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 $11.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 87.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Golden ( GLDC), down 4.8%, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 4.6%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 3.7% and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with SodaStream International ( SODA) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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