Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell $0.77 (-1.0%) to $73.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,734,446 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,306,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.42-$74.86 after having opened the day at $74.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.56. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 4.7%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 3.5%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 3.3% and SodaStream International ( SODA), down 2.6%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 79.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), up 8.1%, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), up 5.3%, Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 4.6% and Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Hershey Company ( HSY) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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