Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 9.5 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 2.6 times its average daily volume and trading up 41 cents (+2.1%) at $20.36 as of 3:16 p.m. ET.
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Dean has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 28.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Dean as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. You can view the full Dean Ratings Report. See all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100% See his top picks for 14-days FREE.