Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc (DPS): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose $2.09 (4.0%) to $54.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,956,054 shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,139,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.83-$55.34 after having opened the day at $54.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.39. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: SodaStream International ( SODA), up 10.7%, Cresud ( CRESY), up 3.7%, Coffee ( JVA), up 3.4% and Golden ( GLDC), up 3.2%.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. operates as a brand owner, manufacturer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The company operates in three segments: Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages, and Latin America Beverages. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 5.8%, National Beverage ( FIZZ), down 5.4%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.0% and Coca-Cola HBC ( CCH), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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