General Mills Inc. (GIS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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General Mills ( GIS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, General Mills rose $0.62 (1.3%) to $48.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,291,217 shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,227,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.90-$49.00 after having opened the day at $48.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.31. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 14.5%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 7.7%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 7.3% and SodaStream International ( SODA), up 6.7%.

General Mills, Inc. produces and markets branded consumer foods in the United States and internationally. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 negative front, Annie's ( BNNY), down 8.7%, Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 7.4%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 5.4% and Synutra International ( SYUT), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with ConAgra Foods ( CAG) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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