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

Tyson Foods ( TSN) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods rose $0.29 (1.1%) to $26.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,147,706 shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,028,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.06-$26.36 after having opened the day at $26.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.03. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.1%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 4.4%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 4.1% and Annie's ( BNNY), up 3.6%.

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. It operates in four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 solid stock price performance, 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 sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5.7%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), down 2.5%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 2.5% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with BRF ( BRFS) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

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