Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc (CCE): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Coca-Cola ( CCE) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola rose $0.70 (1.8%) to $40.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,323,013 shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,506,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.01-$40.45 after having opened the day at $40.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.71. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 5.4%, Post Holdings ( POST), up 4.5%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 3.8% and Adecoagro ( AGRO), up 2.9%.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. produces, distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages. It provides still and sparkling waters, flavored waters, juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, teas, and coffees. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, American Lorain ( ALN), down 8.6%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 7.8%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 2.7% and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 2.6%.

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