Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands fell $0.90 (-1.3%) to $70.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,666,603 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,484,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.88-$71.62 after having opened the day at $71.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.98. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), down 9.7%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 8.9%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), down 8.3% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.8%.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 99.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 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 positive front, Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 2.1% and Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 2.1%.

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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