Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell $0.45 (-1.3%) to $33.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,306,035 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,304,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.95-$34.50 after having opened the day at $34.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.40. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 17.7%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 8.0%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 6.7% and Golden ( GLDC), down 4.4%.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $60.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 8.5%, Sanderson Farms ( SAFM), up 3.9%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 2.5% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 2.2% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Constellation Brands ( STZ) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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