SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, SodaStream International rose $1.15 (3.0%) to $39.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,796,239 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,113,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.71-$39.38 after having opened the day at $38.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.99. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 9.2%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 6.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 4.8% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 3.1%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $771.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 negative front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 8.5%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 7.2%, Limoneira ( LMNR), down 3.7% and S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 2.7%.

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