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
) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Smithfield Foods fell 23 cents (-1%) to $22.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 741,726 shares of Smithfield Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.06-$22.46 after having opened the day at $22.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.29. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were:
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Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meat products in the United States and internationally. Smithfield Foods has a market cap of $3.29 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Smithfield Foods a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.
TheStreet Ratings rates Smithfield Foods as a
. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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.
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