Bunge Ltd (BG): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Bunge ( BG) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Bunge fell $0.92 (-1.2%) to $73.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,760,931 shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 771,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.26-$74.81 after having opened the day at $74.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.43. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 11.6%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 2.6%, Diamond Foods ( DMND), down 2.3% and Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 2.2%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in agriculture and food business worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 8.0%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 7.8%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 7.7% and Reeds ( REED), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Hershey Company ( HSY) 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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