Coca-Cola Co (KO): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Coca-Cola ( KO) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola rose $0.61 (1.5%) to $40.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,758,367 shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,288,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.06-$40.48 after having opened the day at $40.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.72. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ( FMX), up 4.5%, United Breweries Company ( CCU), up 4.3%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), up 3.5% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 3.4%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $176.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 6.9%, Alico ( ALCO), down 4.0%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 3.4% and Seneca Foods ( SENEA), down 3.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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