Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell $1.55 (-1.3%) to $121.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,296,576 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,976,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $121.07-$123.56 after having opened the day at $123.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.04. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 8.6%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 4.4%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 3.6% and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 3.0%.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Domestic and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 63.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 5.5%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 5.3%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 4.6% and Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kellogg Company ( K) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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