Monster Beverage Corp (MNST): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage fell $1.03 (-1.4%) to $73.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,266,799 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,524,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.29-$74.23 after having opened the day at $74.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.47. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Synutra International ( SYUT), down 4.5%, Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), down 3.0%, Alico ( ALCO), down 2.7% and National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), down 2.7%.

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 $12.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, solid stock price performance 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.

On the positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 34.3%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 23.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 21.6% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 13.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( CCE) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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