Major U.S. indices
The second quarter of 2017 (Q2-2017) showed positive performance for the broader U.S. equity market, as the S&P, DJIA and NASDAQ closed up 8.2 percent, 8.0 percent and 14.1 percent, respectively, for the quarter. In the LTM period ending June 30, the S&P, DJIA and NASDAQ closed up 15.5 percent, 19.1 percent and 26.8 percent, respectively.
Food and beverage relative performance
As of June 30, 2017, three of the six food and beverage segments exhibited increases on a trailing 12-month basis. These increases were largely attributable to the continued improvements in economic growth data as well as the expectation of corporate tax reforms, which could improve the cash flow generating profile of U.S. domiciled companies.
The natural / organic segment performed the best of the six food and beverage segments. This segment exhibited stock gains of 9.3 percent, lagging the strong performance of the S&P 500 index by 6.2 percent during the observed period.