Kraft Foods Group Inc (KRFT): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) 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, Kraft Foods Group fell $0.91 (-1.7%) to $53.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,413,890 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,971,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.31-$54.25 after having opened the day at $54.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.40. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 7.6%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 6.6%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 6.4% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 6.2%.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Concha y Toro Winery ( VCO), up 4.5%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 2.4%, Post Holdings ( POST), up 1.8% and Treehouse Foods ( THS), up 1.6%.

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