SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell $0.74 (-1.2%) to $59.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 881,120 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,430,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.23-$60.63 after having opened the day at $60.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.04. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 8.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 7.1%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), down 4.8% and Annie's ( BNNY), down 3.8%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 28.9%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 7.3%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 4.2% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 3.7% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Ingredion ( INGR) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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