3 Stocks Moving The Food & Beverage Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,218 as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,600 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group is up $0.53 (1.0%) to $55.65 on light volume. Thus far, 749,913 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.04-$55.75 after having opened the day at $55.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.12.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $32.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who 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. Get the full Kraft Foods Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.78 (1.0%) to $79.66 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.93-$79.71 after having opened the day at $79.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.88.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, dips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $119.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.32 (0.8%) to $37.82 on average volume. Thus far, 9.7 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.50-$37.94 after having opened the day at $37.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.50.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $164.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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