3 Food & Beverage Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 95 points (0.6%) at 16,678 as of Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,394 issues advancing vs. 601 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Pinnacle Foods ( PF) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Pinnacle Foods is up $3.95 (13.0%) to $34.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 16.2 million shares of Pinnacle Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 403,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.36-$35.67 after having opened the day at $35.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.45.

Pinnacle Foods Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes branded convenience food products in North America. It operates through three segments: Birds Eye Frozen, Duncan Hines Grocery, and Specialty Foods. Pinnacle Foods has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Pinnacle Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pinnacle Foods as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Pinnacle Foods Ratings Report now.

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