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

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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 17 cents (-1%) to $16.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.53-$16.76 after having opened the day at $16.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.71. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), down 8.2%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.2%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 3.9%, and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 2.4%.
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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 $4.68 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, 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 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 11.3%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 9.1%, Reeds ( REED), up 6.7%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Constellation Brands ( STZ) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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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