NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE: FDP) is Monday, March 12, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $22.47 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%. The average volume for Fresh Del Monte Produce has been 176,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fresh Del Monte Produce has a market cap of $1.41 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 11% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces, transports, sources, markets, and distributes fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables worldwide. It also offers prepared fruit and vegetables, juices, beverages, snacks, and poultry and meat products. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 15.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Fresh Del Monte Produce as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Fresh Del Monte Produce Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.