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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands rose $1.01 (1.5%) to $70.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 859,495 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,616,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.21-$70.40 after having opened the day at $69.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.35. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 12.0%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 10.7%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 4.2% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 4.0%.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 96.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 5.2%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 3.4%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), down 3.3% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) 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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