Why Dean Foods (DF) Stock Is Lower On Thursday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dean Foods Co. (DF) are lower -3.39% to $14.83 on Thursday after the food and beverage company reported a net loss of -$9 million for the 2014 first quarter, compared to a net income of $493 million from the same period last year.

The company reported an earnings loss of -9 cents per diluted share for the most recent quarter, compared to earnings of $5.30 per diluted share from the 2013 first quarter.

Dean Foods' net sales were $2.3 billion for the quarter, remaining the same from the year ago quarter.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DEAN FOODS CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings 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 notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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