NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- According to an animal rights group, chickens used for McDonald's Corp.  (MCD) - Get McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Report  chicken nuggets were abused and inhumanely beaten with a nail attached to a pole.

The Tennessee farm which this allegedly took place supplied Tyson Foods (TSN) - Get Tyson Foods, Inc. Class A Report with chickens. After Tyson got notice of this, the company quickly cut ties with the farm.

Will the news of this cruel event hurt Tyson stock?

Here is the Tyson's stock recommendation, according to TheStreet Ratings,TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool.

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Tyson Foods, Inc. TSN
Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $17 billion
Year-to-date return: %%%

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Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. The company breeds and raises chickens; and processes live chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TYSON FOODS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TYSON FOODS INC (TSN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • TYSON FOODS INC has improved earnings per share by 13.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TYSON FOODS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.40 versus $2.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.19 versus $2.40).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income increased by 31.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $260.00 million to $343.00 million.