Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Food & Beverage Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.4%) at 17,034 as of Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 824 issues advancing vs. 2,132 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Mondelez International ( MDLZ), up 0.9%.

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

3. Annie's ( BNNY) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry higher today. As of noon trading, Annie's is up $12.66 (37.8%) to $46.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.7 million shares of Annie's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 304,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.90-$46.39 after having opened the day at $45.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.51.

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Annie's, Inc. produces, markets, and distributes natural and organic food products. It offers approximately 145 products comprising meals, snacks, dressings, condiments, and other products, including macaroni and cheese, snack crackers, fruit snacks, and graham crackers. Annie's has a market cap of $579.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Annie's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annie's as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and poor profit margins. Get the full Annie's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Whitewave Foods Company ( WWAV) is up $1.14 (3.2%) to $36.86 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Whitewave Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.56-$37.29 after having opened the day at $37.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.72.

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The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, dairy, and organic greens and produce products in North America and Europe. Whitewave Foods Company has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 55.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Whitewave Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitewave Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Whitewave Foods Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) is up $3.38 (3.5%) to $101.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 707,102 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 667,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.37-$101.72 after having opened the day at $101.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.79.

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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Hain Celestial 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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