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Sanderson Farms Inc. (SAFM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Sanderson Farms ( SAFM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sanderson Farms fell 58 cents (-1.1%) to $52.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 369,345 shares of Sanderson Farms exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 222,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.96-$53.05 after having opened the day at $52.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.65. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 14.8%, Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM), down 3.6%, Key Technology ( KTEC), down 3.3%, and Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 3.3%.

Sanderson Farms, Inc., an integrated poultry processing company, engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, and prepared chicken products in the United States. Sanderson Farms has a market cap of $1.21 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Sanderson Farms a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 5.3%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 5%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 4.6%, and Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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