Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International rose $0.80 (2.4%) to $34.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,140,617 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,072,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.78-$34.04 after having opened the day at $32.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.21. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: American Lorain ( ALN), up 13.5%, Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV), up 9.8%, Treehouse Foods ( THS), up 8.3% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 6.6%.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $58.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, B&G Foods ( BGS), down 7.4%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 4.2%, Key Technology ( KTEC), down 3.8% and Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo ( PEP) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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