PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo fell $1.00 (-1.2%) to $81.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,906,180 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,391,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $81.43-$82.63 after having opened the day at $82.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.43. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: 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%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $127.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 25.2%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 4.1% and Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 2.3% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Campbell Soup ( CPB) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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