SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International rose $2.30 (3.7%) to $63.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 869,814 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,422,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.86-$64.40 after having opened the day at $61.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.66. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 6.3%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 5.6%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 4.9% and Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 4.7%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 37.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 10.2%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 4.8%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 3.5% and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ADR ( ABV), down 3.2%.

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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