3 Food & Beverage Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%.

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

3. Monster Beverage ( MNST) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage is up $3.82 (5.9%) to $68.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.49-$71.20 after having opened the day at $69.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.10.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Direct Store Delivery and Warehouse. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Monster Beverage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is up $0.26 (0.5%) to $51.54 on light volume. Thus far, 803,302 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 $51.25-$51.66 after having opened the day at $51.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.28.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures 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. The company operates in three segments: U.S. General Mills has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate General Mills a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is up $0.46 (0.8%) to $55.14 on light volume. Thus far, 865,251 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.79-$55.20 after having opened the day at $54.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.68.

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 $32.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Kraft Foods Group 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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