Why WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) was gaining 7.9% to $32.02 Thursday after beating analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the second quarter.

WhiteWave reported earnings of 23 cents a share for the second quarter, beating the Capital IQ Cnsensus Estimate of 22 cents a share by 1 cent. Revene rose 39.5% from the year-ago quarter to $837.9 million, above estimates of $815.65 million.

For the third quarter WhiteWave expects earnings of 25 cents to 26 cents a share, compared to analysts' estimates of 25 cents a share. For the full year the company expects earnings of 98 cents to $1.00 a share, above analysts' estimates of 97 cents a share for the year.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates WHITEWAVE FOODS CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WHITEWAVE FOODS CO (WWAV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet."

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