SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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SodaStream International ( SODA) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, SodaStream International fell $0.43 (-1.1%) to $38.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 995,383 shares of SodaStream International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,814,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.85-$39.50 after having opened the day at $39.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.71. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 4.2%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 2.8%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 2.5% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 2.5%.

SodaStream International Ltd. engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of home beverage carbonation systems that enable consumers to transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. SodaStream International has a market cap of $833.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates SodaStream International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SodaStream International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 9.4%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 7.0%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 5.9% and Annie's ( BNNY), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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