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. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) is trading at unusually high volume Wednesday with 7.7 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 3.3 times its average daily volume and trading up $6.38 (+24.6%) at $32.35 as of 9:30 a.m. ET.
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Smithfield has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meat products in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Smithfield as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Smithfield Ratings Report. See all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100% See his top picks for 14-days FREE.