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Tyson Foods



) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods rose $0.28 (1.0%) to $27.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,350,017 shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,706,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.15-$27.52 after having opened the day at $27.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.03. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Gruma S.A.B. de C.V



), up 4.3%,

MGP Ingredients



), up 3.4%,

Tianli Agritech



), up 3.0% and

Castle Brands Incorporated



), up 2.8%.

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. It operates in four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 39.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Tyson Foods

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China Marine Food Group



), down 12.9%,

Tofutti Brands



), down 6.1%,

Primo Water



), down 4.4% and

Agria Corporation



), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with

Campbell Soup



) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage



) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider

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