Hillshire Brands Co (HSH): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard

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Hillshire Brands ( HSH) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell $0.76 (-2.1%) to $35.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,129,395 shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,118,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.80-$35.76 after having opened the day at $35.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.76. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 3.5%, Reeds ( REED), down 3.1%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 2.9% and Seneca Foods ( SENEA), down 2.7%.

The Hillshire Brands Company engages in the manufacture and marketing of meat-centric food solutions for the retail and foodservice markets worldwide. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 10.5%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 10.1%, Annie's ( BNNY), up 4.8% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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