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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell $0.53 (-1.6%) to $31.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,903,163 shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,166,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.61-$32.74 after having opened the day at $32.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.31. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 5.9%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 4.0%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 3.8% and Reeds ( REED), down 3.5%.

The Hillshire Brands Company manufactures and markets meat-centric food solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Retail and Foodservice/Other. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 5.9%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), up 4.7%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 4.4% and Diamond Foods ( DMND), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with Constellation Brands ( STZ) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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