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A Sober Look At Beer

With stagnating sales and fierce competition from microbreweries and craft beers, one might say that beer stocks have a hangover. The top five beer stocks (by MktCap) trading on U.S. exchanges are Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD), Ambev - Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABEV), Heineken N.V. ADR (OTCQX:HEINY), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. ADR (OTCPK:KNBWY). Of the five, only KNBWY had a respectable 52-week stock price appreciation.

Over the last five years, there has been a wide range in performance, with TAP leading the pack with a 2.5x gain in price, while ABEV did not see any price appreciation.

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by Steve Auger