Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company rose $3.16 (4.3%) to $76.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,228,369 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,989,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.70-$76.53 after having opened the day at $75.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.84. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 10.5%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 10.1%, Annie's ( BNNY), up 4.8% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 4.3%.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 3.5%, Reeds ( REED), down 3.1%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 2.9% and Seneca Foods ( SENEA), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) 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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