3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Food & Beverage Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 16,932 as of Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,934 issues advancing vs. 1,059 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Molson Coors Brewing ( TAP), down 1.2%, and Coca-Cola Femsa SAB de CV ( KOF), down 0.6%.

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

3. Hershey ( HSY) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry lower today. As of noon trading, Hershey is down $0.65 (-0.7%) to $98.14 on light volume. Thus far, 345,081 shares of Hershey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.81-$98.62 after having opened the day at $98.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.79.

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells chocolate and sugar confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products. Hershey has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Hershey a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hershey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Hershey Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Archer-Daniels Midland ( ADM) is down $0.38 (-0.8%) to $44.60 on light volume. Thus far, 692,292 shares of Archer-Daniels Midland exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.59-$44.92 after having opened the day at $44.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.98.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products. The company's Oilseeds Processing segment originates, merchandises, crushes, and processes soybeans and soft seeds into vegetable oils and protein meals. Archer-Daniels Midland has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Archer-Daniels Midland Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is down $0.28 (-0.5%) to $53.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.90-$54.17 after having opened the day at $54.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.27.

General Mills, Inc. produces and markets branded consumer foods in the United States and internationally. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $33.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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. Get the full General Mills 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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