Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Campbell Soup ( CPB) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Campbell Soup rose $0.43 (1.0%) to $42.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,984,398 shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,605,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.74-$42.89 after having opened the day at $41.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.86. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 25.2%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 4.1% and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 2.3%.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products. It operates through U.S. Simple Meals; Global Baking and Snacking; International Simple Meals and Beverages; U.S. Beverages; and Bolthouse and Foodservice segments. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity 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, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 9.4%, Adecoagro ( AGRO), down 8.1%, Cresud ( CRESY), down 6.8% and Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo ( PEP) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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