Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Smithfield Foods ( SFD) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Smithfield Foods fell 23 cents (-1%) to $22.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 741,726 shares of Smithfield Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.06-$22.46 after having opened the day at $22.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.29. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 9.3%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.7%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), down 4.3%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 4%.
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