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

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell $3.46 (-4.2%) to $78.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,550,024 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,742,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.81-$82.00 after having opened the day at $81.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.78. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 11.4%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 7.7%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), down 6.0% and Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 5.5%.
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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 $11.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 97.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 2.5% and Primo Water ( PRMW), down 1.7%.

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