3 Food & Beverage Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 112 points (-0.7%) at 15,897 as of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 970 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Monster Beverage ( MNST) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage is up $1.29 (2.2%) to $60.80 on average volume. Thus far, 736,486 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.16-$60.94 after having opened the day at $59.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.51.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.

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