SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell $1.21 (-2.9%) to $40.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,371,463 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,660,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.36-$42.15 after having opened the day at $42.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.67. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: 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%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $848.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate SodaStream International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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