Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Tyson Foods ( TSN) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods fell 41 cents (-2.6%) to $15.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, nine million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.04-$15.81 after having opened the day at $15.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.67. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Perry Ellis International ( PERY), down 15.6%, Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 8.7%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 5.1%, and Cereplast ( CERP), down 4.8%.

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 $4.66 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, four 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, Blyth ( BTH), up 16.9%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 13.3%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 12.6%, and Shiner International ( BEST), up 10.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Harley-Davidson ( HOG) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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