Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Campbell Soup ( CPB) 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, Campbell Soup fell $1.38 (-3.1%) to $43.33 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,062,192 shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,150,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.87-$43.72 after having opened the day at $43.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.71. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), down 4.3%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 4.0%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 3.9% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 2.5%.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 7.0%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 6.3%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 4.6% and Limoneira ( LMNR), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( CCE) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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