Mead Johnson Nutrition Co (MJN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Mead Johnson Nutrition ( MJN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition rose $3.95 (4.7%) to $88.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,890,800 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,020,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.06-$88.49 after having opened the day at $86.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.27. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Gruma SAB de CV ( GMK), up 5.6%, Griffin Land & Nurseries ( GRIF), up 3.6%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 3.6% and Primo Water ( PRMW), up 3.3%.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 7.9%, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 5.1%, Agria ( GRO), down 4.1% and Golden ( GLDC), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Hershey ( HSY) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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