General Mills Inc. (GIS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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General Mills ( GIS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, General Mills rose $0.56 (1.2%) to $49.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,906,842 shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,822,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.10-$49.07 after having opened the day at $48.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.46. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), up 9.6%, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT), up 4.8%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 3.4% and MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 3.4%.
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General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 8.5%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 6.7%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 3.4% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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