Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell $0.63 (-1.8%) to $34.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,029,982 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,732,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.00-$34.67 after having opened the day at $34.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.69. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: 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%.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $61.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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