Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group rose $1.26 (1.9%) to $66.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 642,992 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 756,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.06-$67.22 after having opened the day at $65.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.04. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 24.1%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 11.2%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 7.8% and Boulder Brands ( SMBL), up 7.8%.
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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group 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, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 37.9%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 8.7%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 6.5% and Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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