PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo rose $1.00 (1.3%) to $80.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,800,619 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,560,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.85-$80.40 after having opened the day at $79.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.07. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Key Technology ( KTEC), up 4.8%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 4.6%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 4.5% and Monster Beverage ( MNST), up 4.0%.

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 $119.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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.

On the negative front, Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), down 7.2%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 7.0%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 4.7% and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 3.2%.

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