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Tyson Foods

(

TSN

) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods rose $2.91 (8.4%) to $37.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,977,839 shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,681,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.61-$38.25 after having opened the day at $35.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.49. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were:

Crumbs Bake Shop

(

CRMB

), up 4.0%,

Lancaster Colony Corporation

(

LANC

), up 3.2%,

Coffee Holding Company

(

JVA

), up 2.8% and

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

(

GMCR

), up 2.3%.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets 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 $9.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 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

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

S&W Seed Company

(

SANW

), down 10.5%,

Tofutti Brands

(

TOF

), down 8.5%,

Synutra International

(

SYUT

), down 6.1% and

Key Technology

(

KTEC

), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with

General Mills

(

GIS

) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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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