PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo rose $0.98 (1.2%) to $81.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,543,027 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,165,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.07-$81.84 after having opened the day at $81.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.80. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 4.3%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 4.0%, SunOpta ( STKL), up 3.2% and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 3.1%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $124.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 5.5%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 3.8%, Limoneira ( LMNR), down 3.7% and Reeds ( REED), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with SodaStream International ( SODA) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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