Sanderson Farms Inc. (SAFM): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Sanderson Farms ( SAFM) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Sanderson Farms fell $1.65 (-3%) to $52.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 564,920 shares of Sanderson Farms exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 218,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.88-$55.87 after having opened the day at $55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.31. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Golden ( GLDC), down 4%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 3.3%, Teavana Holdings ( TEA), down 3.2%, and Concha y Toro Winery ( VCO), down 2.1%.

Sanderson Farms, Inc., an integrated poultry processing company, engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, and prepared chicken products in the United States. Sanderson Farms has a market cap of $1.21 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sanderson Farms a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sanderson Farms as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 14.7%, Reeds ( REED), up 8.4%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 7.4%, and Adecoagro ( AGRO), up 6.9%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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