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

Hillshire Brands ( HSH) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell 40 cents (-1.6%) to $25.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.41-$26.15 after having opened the day at $25.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.61. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 3.1%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 2.9%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 2.8%, and Leading Brands ( LBIX), down 2.1%.

Hillshire Brands Company engages in the manufacture and marketing of a range of branded packaged meat and bakery products for the retail and foodservice markets worldwide. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $3.03 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 127.5 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 Tuesday. 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, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 9%, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), up 7.3%, Key Technology ( KTEC), up 6%, and SodaStream International ( SODA), up 4.6%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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