Leucadia National Corporation (LUK): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Leucadia National Corporation ( LUK) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Leucadia National Corporation fell $0.50 (-1.8%) to $27.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 886,181 shares of Leucadia National Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,074,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.36-$27.82 after having opened the day at $27.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.91. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 7.8%, Coca-Cola HBC AG ADR ( CCH), down 3.9%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), down 3.9% and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 3.8%.

Leucadia National Corporation, through its subsidiary, Jefferies Group LLC, primarily operates in the investment banking sector. Leucadia National Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leucadia National Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 6.5%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 3.9%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 3.7% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with ConAgra Foods ( CAG) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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