Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters rose $1.14 (1.6%) to $72.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,355,377 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,276,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.51-$74.00 after having opened the day at $71.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.81. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 6.1%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4.9%, Cresud ( CRESY), up 4.3% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 3.9%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Domestic and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 72.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Post Holdings ( POST), down 6.5%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 5.0%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 4.7% and Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Mondelez International ( MDLZ) 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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