The Whitewave Foods Company (WWAV): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Whitewave Foods Company fell $0.33 (-1.4%) to $23.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,541,901 shares of Whitewave Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,351,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.75-$24.94 after having opened the day at $24.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.21. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 7.1%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 6.8%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 5.8% and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 5.7%.

The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and dairy products in North America and Europe. Whitewave Foods Company has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Whitewave Foods Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitewave Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V ( IBA), up 4.8%, Calavo Growers ( CVGW), up 4.4%, Cresud ( CRESY), up 4.1% and Cosan ( CZZ), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Mondelez International ( MDLZ) 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).

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