Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose $0.25 (2.4%) to $10.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,098,364 shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,036,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.51-$10.87 after having opened the day at $10.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.55. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 5.2%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 4.0%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 3.2% and Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V ( IBA), up 2.1%.

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 7.7%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), down 5.5%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 4.9% and Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) 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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