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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell $0.35 (-1.0%) to $33.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,523,601 shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,149,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.42-$34.03 after having opened the day at $33.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.78. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), down 5.2%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 5.1%, Cresud ( CRESY), down 4.9% and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 4.3%.

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 $4.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), up 7.6%, Calavo Growers ( CVGW), up 7.5%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 6.0% and Farmer Bros ( FARM), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the food & beverage industry with PepsiCo ( PEP) being today's featured food & beverage industry leader.

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