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Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Tyson Foods (TSN) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods rose 18 cents (1.1%) to $16.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.39-$16.63 after having opened the day at $16.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.44. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Crumbs Bake Shop (CRMB), up 17.8%, Tianli Agritech (OINK), up 12.3%, China Xiniya Fashion (XNY), up 12.3%, and Enova Systems (ENA), up 9.6%.

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Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $4.85 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Emerson Radio (MSN), down 17.8%, Cereplast (CERP), down 14.9%, Monster Beverage (MNST), down 14.2%, and Federal-Mogul (FDML), down 10.4%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Energizer Holdings (ENR) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods (IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

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