3 Stocks Driving The Food & Beverage Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 305 points (1.8%) at 17,666 as of Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,499 issues advancing vs. 614 declining with 98 unchanged.

The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.4%. Top gainers within the Food & Beverage industry included Bridgford Foods ( BRID), up 3.3%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 7.3%, Key Technology ( KTEC), up 2.1%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 4.4% and China New Borun ( BORN), up 5.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

China New Borun ( BORN) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today. China New Borun was up $0.07 (5.7%) to $1.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,885 shares of China New Borun exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 63,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.17-$1.29 after having opened the day at $1.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.16.

China New Borun Corporation produces and distributes corn-based edible alcohol in the People's Republic of China. China New Borun has a market cap of $29.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China New Borun a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China New Borun as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BORN go as follows:

  • BORN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • BORN's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.45 is sturdy.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.78 million to $0.95 million.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA NEW BORUN CORP -ADR is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.60%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.10% significantly trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China New Borun Ratings Report

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