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

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group fell $0.64 (-1.4%) to $44.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,026,549 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,121,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.49-$45.26 after having opened the day at $45.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.25. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 12.2%, Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), down 6.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 6.0% and Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 3.2%.

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 $9.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 6.6%, Calavo Growers ( CVGW), up 6.4%, Concha y Toro Winery ( VCO), up 6.1% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Beam ( BEAM) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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