Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Campbell Soup ( CPB) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Campbell Soup rose $1.18 (2.6%) to $46.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,052,600 shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,661,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.75-$46.49 after having opened the day at $45.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.21. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 30.4%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 6.6%, Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V ( IBA), up 6.4% and Cosan ( CZZ), up 5.8%.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, American Lorain ( ALN), down 7.0%, Pinnacle Foods ( PF), down 4.1%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 3.1% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 2.6%.

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