The Whitewave Foods Company (WWAV): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Whitewave Foods Company fell $0.48 (-1.7%) to $27.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,948,289 shares of Whitewave Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,768,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.02-$27.83 after having opened the day at $27.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.68. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 9.5%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 5.9%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 4.6% and RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 4.0%.

The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, dairy, and organic greens and produce products in North America and Europe. Whitewave Foods Company has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Whitewave Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitewave Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Reeds ( REED), up 6.0%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 3.8%, Cosan ( CZZ), up 3.6% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with BRF ( BRFS) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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