3 Food & Beverage Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 16,964 as of Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,180 issues advancing vs. 1,847 declining with 143 unchanged.

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

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

3. Archer-Daniels Midland ( ADM) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Archer-Daniels Midland is up $0.38 (0.9%) to $45.24 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.81-$45.34 after having opened the day at $44.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.85.

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 $28.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who 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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2. As of noon trading, Tyson Foods ( TSN) is up $0.67 (1.8%) to $38.54 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.74-$38.72 after having opened the day at $37.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.87.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Tyson Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Tyson Foods Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.48 (0.5%) to $89.61 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.01-$89.69 after having opened the day at $89.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.13.

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 $135.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who 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, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. 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 PepsiCo 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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