Hillshire Brands Co (HSH): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Loser

Hillshire Brands ( HSH) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell 35 cents (-1.2%) to $28.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.13-$28.67 after having opened the day at $28.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.77. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 13.3%, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 7.9%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 6.7%, and MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 6.5%.

Sara Lee Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of a range of branded packaged meat, bakery, and beverage products worldwide. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $3.51 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 108.8, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 147.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 388.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 17%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 8.3%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4.8%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 3.6%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Kraft Foods ( KFT) being today's featured food & beverage industry winner.

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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