LUK, MJN And GMCR, Pushing Food & Beverage Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,628 as of Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Coca-Cola Femsa SAB de CV ( KOF), up 1.8%, Campbell Soup ( CPB), up 1.2% and Kellogg ( K), up 0.8%.

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

3. Leucadia National ( LUK) is one of the companies pushing the Food & Beverage industry lower today. As of noon trading, Leucadia National is down $0.31 (-1.3%) to $24.10 on average volume. Thus far, 633,082 shares of Leucadia National exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.02-$24.36 after having opened the day at $24.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41.

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Leucadia National Corporation, through its subsidiary, Jefferies Group LLC, primarily operates in the investment banking and capital markets sector. Leucadia National has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leucadia National as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels 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 Leucadia National Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition ( MJN) is down $0.61 (-0.6%) to $100.07 on average volume. Thus far, 529,835 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.30-$100.84 after having opened the day at $100.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.68.

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Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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 Mead Johnson Nutrition Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR) is down $1.14 (-0.7%) to $153.13 on light volume. Thus far, 546,337 shares of Keurig Green Mountain exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.89-$155.23 after having opened the day at $154.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.27.

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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 $25.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 104.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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 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 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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