Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell $1.02 (-1.4%) to $73.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 487,138 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 509,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.02-$74.93 after having opened the day at $74.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.56. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Golden ( GLDC), down 5.3%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 4.2%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 3.5% and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 2.6%.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Truett-Hurst ( THST), up 8.9%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 7.2%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 5.3% and Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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