Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company rose $0.44 (1.3%) to $34.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,343,420 shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,085,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.11-$34.69 after having opened the day at $34.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.91. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 19.3%, Reeds ( REED), up 8.6%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 7.0% and Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 6.6%.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company manufactures and sells protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other value-added food and feed ingredients; and processes oilseeds, corn, wheat, cocoa, and other agricultural commodities. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Mondelez International ( MDLZ), down 31.7%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), down 5.4%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 4.3% and G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), down 3.2%.

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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