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

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose $0.63 (1.4%) to $44.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,741,627 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,125,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.90-$44.56 after having opened the day at $44.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.93. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 5.2%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), up 4.3%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 4.0% and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 3.2%.

The Company's brand portfolio includes Dr Pepper, 7UP, Snapple, Mott's, Hawaiian Punch, Canada Dry, A&W, Sunkist, Pe afiel, Squirt and Clamato and is the third largest soft drinks producer in the U.S. with 15.6% of the market. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.8% 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 negative front, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 7.8%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 5.7%, Cresud ( CRESY), down 4.5% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.5%.

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