The Whitewave Foods Company (WWAV): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Whitewave Foods Company rose $0.98 (3.5%) to $28.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,985,490 shares of Whitewave Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,619,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.55-$28.75 after having opened the day at $27.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.75. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), up 4.8%, Concha y Toro Winery ( VCO), up 4.6%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 3.0% and Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 3.0%.

The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and dairy products in North America and Europe. Whitewave Foods Company has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Whitewave Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitewave Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the negative front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5.1%, Coca-Cola HBC AG ADR ( CCH), down 3.4%, National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), down 2.8% and Sanderson Farms ( SAFM), 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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