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

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Tyson Foods ( TSN) 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, Tyson Foods fell $0.45 (-1.5%) to $29.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,959,490 shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,068,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.61-$30.35 after having opened the day at $30.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.32. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 5.6%, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 4.2%, Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 3.5% and S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 3.0%.

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 $8.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 56.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 17.2%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 13.5%, Embotelladora Andina ( AKO.B), up 6.0% and China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), up 5.4%.

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