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. Hormel Foods Corporation ( HRL) 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, Hormel Foods Corporation fell 44 cents (-1.1%) to $38.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Hormel Foods Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 936,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.84-$39.50 after having opened the day at $39.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.42. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 8.7%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), down 4.8%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 4.1%.
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Hormel Foods Corporation engages in the production and marketing of various meat and food products. Its meat products include fresh, frozen, cured, smoked, cooked, and canned meat. Hormel Foods Corporation has a market cap of $10.22 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hormel Foods Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Hormel Foods Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.