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

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Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Kraft Foods Group rose $0.65 (1.3%) to $52.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,047,159 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,977,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.91-$52.42 after having opened the day at $52.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.65. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 14.5%, Synutra International ( SYUT), up 9.8%, Key Technology ( KTEC), up 6.4% and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 5.5%.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $30.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 9.7%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 4.7%, Ingredion ( INGR), down 2.7% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with SodaStream International ( SODA) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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