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10 Food and Beverage Stocks with Top Buy Ratings

9. Herbalife (HLF - Get Report) is a network marketing company engaged in selling weight management foods, nutritional supplements and personal care products.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of $1.11 per share for 2010 fourth quarter, surpassing 88 cents per share in the year-ago period Earnings per share are pegged at $4.48 for 2010 and $5.21 for 2011, up from $3.22 reported for 2009.

The stock's return-on-equity was 67.7% during the past 12 months, whereas Avon Products (AVP), Nu Skin Enterprise (NUS), and USANA Health Sciences (USNA) had ROEs of 41.4%, 32.1% and 41.6%, respectively.

Of the nine analysts covering Herbalife, eight recommend buying, while one suggests hold, representing 89% buy ratings. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg assign an average price target of $74.6, 11% higher than the current level.

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