3 Stocks Pushing The Food & Beverage Industry Downward

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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 lower today:

3. BRF ( BRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry lower today. As of noon trading, BRF is down $0.48 (-1.9%) to $24.60 on average volume. Thus far, 445,502 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.57-$25.01 after having opened the day at $24.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.08.

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 $22.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full BRF Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Post Holdings ( POST) is down $8.18 (-18.4%) to $36.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.6 million shares of Post Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$37.84 after having opened the day at $36.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.51.

Post Holdings, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, and active nutrition products in the United States and Canada. Post Holdings has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Post Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Post Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Post Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR) is down $2.39 (-2.0%) to $114.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Keurig Green Mountain exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.89-$116.14 after having opened the day at $115.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.39.

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Domestic and Canada. Keurig Green Mountain has a market cap of $19.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 54.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Keurig Green Mountain a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Keurig Green Mountain 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Keurig Green Mountain 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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