Monster Beverage Corp (MNST): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage fell $0.89 (-1.6%) to $55.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,101,604 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,440,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.12-$56.47 after having opened the day at $56.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.14. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 14.6%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 6.4%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 4.8% and Andersons ( ANDE), down 4.5%.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Quiksilver ( ZQK), up 31.7%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 10.1%, United Breweries Company ( CCU), up 6.9% and Blyth ( BTH), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Pitney Bowes ( PBI) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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