Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company fell $0.87 (-1.1%) to $81.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,152,847 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,608,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.17-$83.06 after having opened the day at $82.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.62. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 31.6%, Seneca Foods Corp. Class A ( SENEA), down 5.0%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( OCCH), down 4.3% and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 3.4%.
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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 10.4%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 5.4%, Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 5.3% and Seneca Foods ( SENEB), down 5.0% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Tyson Foods ( TSN) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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