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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Sanderson Farms ( SAFM) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Sanderson Farms as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SAFM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $29.8 million.
  • SAFM has traded 4,161 shares today.
  • SAFM is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on SAFM:

Sanderson Farms, Inc., an integrated poultry processing company, produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh, frozen, and prepared chicken products in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. SAFM has a PE ratio of 11.8. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sanderson Farms a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Sanderson Farms has been 327,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sanderson Farms has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. The stock has a beta of 0.08 and a short float of 17.1% with 11.97 days to cover. Shares are up 37.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Sanderson Farms as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SAFM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SAFM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.24, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, SANDERSON FARMS INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 108.49% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 47.26% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.

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