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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Kraft Foods Group rose $0.57 (1.1%) to $54.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,528,737 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,062,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.70-$54.47 after having opened the day at $53.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.76. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 16.7%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 7.1%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 6.3% and Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 5.2%.

Cheese, breakfast cereals, processed meats, coffee, beverages, desserts, frozen entrees & grocery items. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Fresh Del Monte Produce ( FDP), down 5.1%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 4.4%, Cosan ( CZZ), down 4.3% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( KO) 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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