3 Food & Beverage Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 16,953 as of Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,914 issues advancing vs. 1,041 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

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

3. BRF ( BRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, BRF is up $0.50 (2.2%) to $23.28 on light volume. Thus far, 476,770 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.78-$23.32 after having opened the day at $22.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.78.

BRF S.A., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Domestic Market, Foreign Market, Dairy Products, and Food Service. BRF has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate BRF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full BRF Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is up $0.62 (1.1%) to $60.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.74-$60.52 after having opened the day at $60.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.72.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and worldwide. It operates through Beverages, Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, Canada, and Other Businesses segments. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Kraft Foods Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hillshire Brands ( HSH) is up $2.94 (5.0%) to $61.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 26.7 million shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.62-$61.88 after having opened the day at $61.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.92.

The Hillshire Brands Company manufactures and markets meat-centric food solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Retail and Foodservice/Other. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 76.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Hillshire Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Hillshire Brands Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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