Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands rose $1.89 (3.2%) to $60.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,618,296 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,707,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.50-$60.59 after having opened the day at $58.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.26. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 27.4%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 5.3%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 4.0% and Constellation Brands ( STZ.B), up 3.1%.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 62.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 10.5%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 7.6%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 4.0% and Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( CCE) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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