2. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage ( MNST) is down $2.69 (-3.6%) to $71.83 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.16-$73.75 after having opened the day at $73.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.52. Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.