Dean Foods (DF) Downgraded at Stifel

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stifel Nicolaus has downgraded Dean Foods (DF) to "hold" from "buy," citing the lack of near-term visibility.

On Tuesday, the producer of organic soy milk announced fourth-quarter earnings of 18 cents a share which were in line with consensus. Revenue of $2.29 billion exceeded expectations of $2.26 billion, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters

In fiscal 2014, the Dallas-based expects volumes to remain weak. The company anticipates full-year earnings between 73 cents and 86 cents a share, below consensus of $1.09 a share. 

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DEAN FOODS CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DEAN FOODS CO (DF) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

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