Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose $0.53 (1.1%) to $46.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,055,363 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,204,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.80-$46.65 after having opened the day at $46.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.11. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 5.8%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 3.5%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 2.7% and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 2.1%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. operates as a brand owner, manufacturer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Key Technology ( KTEC), down 4.3%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 4.0%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 3.6% and John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), down 3.5%.

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