Beam Inc (BEAM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

Beam ( BEAM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Beam rose $0.72 (1.1%) to $65.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 612,444 shares of Beam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $64.50-$65.34 after having opened the day at $64.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.55. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 5.0%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 3.7%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 2.5% and Griffin Land & Nurseries ( GRIF), up 2.4%.

Beam Inc. manufactures and sells distilled spirits worldwide. The company's principal products include bourbon whiskey, tequila, Scotch whisky, Canadian whisky, vodka, cognac, rum, cordials, and ready-to-drink pre-mixed cocktails. Beam has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Beam a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beam as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 10.5%, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 4.8%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 3.5% and Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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