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

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Monster Beverage ( MNST) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Monster Beverage rose $1.60 (2.3%) to $71.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,212,618 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,520,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.54-$71.52 after having opened the day at $69.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.45. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 8.0%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 4.7%, Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), up 4.6% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 4.4%.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Direct Store Delivery and Warehouse. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 negative front, American Lorain ( ALN), down 5.9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 4.9%, Cott ( COT), down 4.1% and Annie's ( BNNY), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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