PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo fell $1.57 (-1.8%) to $83.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,917,744 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,968,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $83.43-$85.66 after having opened the day at $85.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.11. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 3.6%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 3.6%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 3.3% and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 2.7%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $131.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income 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 positive front, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 11.6%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 7.4%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 6.5% and Anheuser-Busch Inbev ( BUD), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Ingredion ( INGR) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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