3 Stocks Pushing The Food & Beverage Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%.

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 $0.33 (-1.2%) to $26.33 on average volume. Thus far, 459,748 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.90-$26.38 after having opened the day at $25.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.66.

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 $23.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is down $0.45 (-0.8%) to $58.45 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million 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 $58.43-$59.00 after having opened the day at $58.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.90.

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 $35.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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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1. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.60 (-1.7%) to $35.59 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.59-$36.35 after having opened the day at $36.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.19.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $61.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Mondelez International 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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