Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company fell $0.35 (-1.9%) to $18.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,102,201 shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,573,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.90-$18.14 after having opened the day at $17.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.43. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 7.6%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 4.1%, Limoneira ( LMNR), down 3.6% and SunOpta ( STKL), down 3.1%.

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 9.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.5%, Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), up 6.5% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 5.4% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

null

More from Markets

Video: There Are Some Big Changes Coming to the PGA Championships in 2019

Video: There Are Some Big Changes Coming to the PGA Championships in 2019

Video: One-on-One With Pluralsight's CEO Following Its Successful IPO

Video: One-on-One With Pluralsight's CEO Following Its Successful IPO

CBS-Viacom Battle Comes to a Head; FDA Approves Novartis Migraine Drug --ICMYI

CBS-Viacom Battle Comes to a Head; FDA Approves Novartis Migraine Drug --ICMYI

Listen: Here's What You Need To Know About ETFs Today (Hint: They're on Fire!)

Listen: Here's What You Need To Know About ETFs Today (Hint: They're on Fire!)

Cramer and His Team Stick to Their Disciplines -- Even When It's Disappointing

Cramer and His Team Stick to Their Disciplines -- Even When It's Disappointing