Bunge Ltd (BG): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Bunge ( BG) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bunge fell $1.50 (-1.8%) to $79.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 698,343 shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 980,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.62-$81.75 after having opened the day at $81.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.38. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: 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%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in agriculture and food businesses worldwide. It operates through five segments: Agribusiness, Sugar and Bioenergy, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, and Fertilizer. Bunge has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 87.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo ( PEP) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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