PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, PepsiCo rose $1.57 (1.8%) to $86.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,861,751 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,263,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.45-$87.00 after having opened the day at $85.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.25. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Cresud ( CRESY), up 5.2%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 5.0%, Golden ( GLDC), up 3.6% and Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS), up 3.4%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, dips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $129.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. 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, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 8.2%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), down 5.7%, China New Borun ( BORN), down 5.3% and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Bunge ( BG) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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