Monster Beverage Corp (MNST): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage rose $0.60 (1.1%) to $56.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,650,905 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,039,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.52-$57.20 after having opened the day at $56.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.22. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 6.1%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 6.0%, Fresh Del Monte Produce ( FDP), up 2.1% and Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 1.8%.
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Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 12.5%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 6.6%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 6.2% and Adecoagro ( AGRO), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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