Kraft Foods Group Inc (KRFT): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Kraft Foods Group fell $0.59 (-1.0%) to $56.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,095,813 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,023,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.03-$57.01 after having opened the day at $56.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.93. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Boulder Brands ( BDBD), down 2.7%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), down 2.0% and Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ( FMX), down 2.0%.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and worldwide. It operates through Beverages, Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, Canada, and Other Businesses segments. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 13.2%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 8.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 8.1% and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with McCormick & Company ( MKC) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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