ConAgra Foods, Inc.
It is important to understand that correlation does not imply causation. Many profitable companies boast of popular, well-known brands, but that does not necessarily mean that customers are loyal to popular brands or are willing to pay more for branded products. J. M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) is a leading player in the domestic packaged food industry engaged in the manufacturing of jams and other processed foods.
Despite the fact that more »
Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) has experienced a considerable gain in the past 12 months, up more than 92.8%, beating the S&P 500’s increase of only 22.7% during the same period. Recently, Tyson Foods received more bullish momentum in the market, with a nice rise of more than 4.1% in just one trading day to reach around $29.70 per share. The bullish market sentiment was more »
Food manufacturers provide products needed during good times and bad. However, an investor who takes an ownership stake in a company without doing some research certainly represents a fool’s errand (note lowercase "F"). The three companies below represent some good ideas for your Motley Fool Watch List.
Today, I’m focusing on Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB). The company represents, I believe, a solid investment option. Here’s why.
Foundational strength: soup still strong
Company CEO Denise M. Morrison noted in a May earnings call, "Our U.S. Soup business delivered exceptionally strong third quarter performance. Condensed sales increased 11%, sales of our ready-to-serve soups increased 18% and sales in the broth business also rose 18%. Overall, the more »
Sales of chicken are hot as consumers are more inclined to buy it rather than more expensive meats like beef and pork. Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN), the largest U.S. meat producer by revenue, reported strong third quarter sales driven in part by strong operating income in its chicken segment.
Meat producers like Tyson have benefited from falling grain prices, which have decreased the company’s costs related to animal more »
I can remember this last semester around finals time like a bad nightmare. Graveyard and swing shifts at the library, countless pots of coffee, cases of red bull, lots of No-Doz and the occasional Adderall upper. I didn't sleep for four days. Within that train wreck of a time was a full 18 units of pages upon pages of writing on some subject or another and a whole lot more »
Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) has been a strong performer, appreciating by about 65% over the past three years. This company is also consistently making moves to improve its bottom line, which is likely to further push the stock. However, this isn’t a guarantee, and there might be better options available.
For a long time, Dean Foods and the phrase “highly leveraged” went hand-in-hand. However, management has made more »
JM Smucker (NYSE: SJM) has had success producing and marketing popular brands like Folgers, Jif, and Smucker’s. Since it was founded in 1897, the company has been a family-run business that has offered consumers quality food. While family management might not always the best management for investors, Smucker family members have been effective executives.
When a company goes public, the founding family can find it hard to more »
The improving employment data supports the view that the U.S. economy is gradually coming out of the economic crises. This will eventually result in increased consumption, contributing heavily towards higher consumer spending on food items both at home and away.
As disposable income levels increase, I believe investors will witness growth in all food categories, particularly in refrigerated meals. Nonetheless, it must be noted, the overall consumption level at more »
Market capitalization (in $ billion)
These world leaders are crunching up the competition through acquisitions, improvements in major segments and growth in various regions. Thanks to the convenience of packaged food products, they are more »
ConAgra Foods' (NYSE: CAG) share price has risen 34% in the last year, and nearly 6% on the day the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings recently. The company’s acquisition of Ralcorp seems to be a boon for both the top line and bottom line. Let’s delve deeper to analyze how good an investment it is.
What the numbers say
ConAgra reported revenue of $4.6 billion, 34% higher more »
ConAgra Foods(NYSE: CAG) stands out as a winner in the food industry over the last few years. Its mix of value brands in the consumer division, expanding private label business and, a commercial foods division (which has been expanding profits strongly over the last few years) has stood it in good stead to deal with a challenging environment.
In summary, I think the company is well-positioned to do well more »
The US food markets sector is mature and competitive, yet the processed food industry is facing low growth rates and high energy costs (electricity and fuel). Nonetheless, there are still opportunities for companies that make acquisitions, cost reduction programs or differentiation strategies. We expect volumes in the next future to look better than they have in the past year due to the modest signals of recovery in the US economy more »
Shares of ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) have advanced more than 35% in the past year. The company made a big splash during this span with the Ralcorp acquisition and will now be the largest private-label food manufacturer in the United States. The run-up in shares should be encouraging to potential investors as the decade-long slump could give way to several years of out-performance and a re-rating in the shares. The more »
With the markets experiencing volatility, investors who are looking for stability and long term gains can invest in the consumer food industry. One of my all-time favorites is ConAgra (NYSE: CAG), one of the largest U.S.-based food companies with famous product lines like Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Peter Pan, and Swiss Miss. The company has faced a lot of criticism over the last few years because of pathetic more »
ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG), North America’s largest packaged-food company, recently reported its earnings for fourth quarter of FY 2013. The company managed to beat the street estimates by $0.01, reporting adjusted diluted EPS of $0.60. Even though the company is very bullish on its future performance in FY 2014 and beyond, it may not perform as expected in the near term. As with many other companies in more »
Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is an American based consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America. The company manufactures and markets liquid concentrates, packaged juice drinks, coffee products, and hot beverage systems.
Kraft foods divided its business into two units in last October and formed a new company named Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) which comprises of the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft more »
If you want to get rich, invest in Nebraska. Nebraska is home to five great publicly-traded companies. These companies have long histories of profitability and creating shareholder value.
Living in Nebraska for 19 years, I gained a keen insight into its business, an understanding of its politics and a love for Big Red Football. With only 1.8 million people, Nebraska relies on ingenuity, hard work and efficiency to cover more »
ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) likes to say that it makes the food we all love. Well, fourth-quarter earnings blew away expectations, so that statement is looking to be correct. Its brands are thought to be in 97% of all American households. The company's portfolio of brands consists of Hunt's, Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher's, Peter Pan, Bertolli, Blue Bonnet, Slim Jim, and Chef Boyardee among others.
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The processed food industry has been going through tough times lately as volumes are deteriorating. Rising price levels and weak economic conditions are considered to be the primary reasons behind the volume declines. I believe that declining volumes also signal that developed markets have reached their maturity level and there are less growth opportunities offered by these markets.
Among the top 20 food categories, sales volume decreased for 14 categories more »
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