Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

Tyson Foods ( TSN) 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, Tyson Foods fell $1.23 (-8%) to $14.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17.9 million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.06-$15.46 after having opened the day at $15.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.40. Other company's within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.6%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 7.1%, Seneca Foods ( SENEB), down 5.6%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 5.5%.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $4.48 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Reeds ( REED), up 17.1%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), up 12%, John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), up 10.4%, and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 9.2%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Coca-Cola ( CCE) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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