Keurig Green Mountain Inc (GMCR): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Keurig Green Mountain rose $1.32 (1.2%) to $108.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,550,345 shares of Keurig Green Mountain exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,440,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.48-$109.44 after having opened the day at $107.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.83. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Castle Brands ( ROX), up 6.0%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4.3%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 3.7% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 3.6%.

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Domestic and Canada. Keurig Green Mountain has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 41.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Keurig Green Mountain a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Keurig Green Mountain 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 negative front, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 3.0%, Reeds ( REED), down 2.7%, Key Technology ( KTEC), down 2.6% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 2.5%.

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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