Hormel Foods Corp

  • Take Some Meat from Your Portfolio

    By Awais Iqbal - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, PPC, SAFM

    As part of the defensive consumer goods sector, the meat products industry presents some good investment opportunities. I say that because the defensiveness of these stocks is very attractive for value investors. The value investors will scour the exchange for these stocks so that they can have benefit from slowly increasing or stable stock prices and good dividends.

    Three companies in the met products industry which I personally like are more »

  • These Stocks' Dividends Are Skyrocketing

    By Justin Pope - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, FDO, HRL

     As a dividend growth investor, I look to compound my gains through companies that consistently increase their dividends. However, there is more to it than finding a company that pays out a juicy amount. If you invest in companies that are growing their dividends rapidly, your income stream will compound faster.

    Let's take a look at some companies that fit this criteria. We will examine dividend growth rates over more »

  • Could This Meat Company Fall Prey to A Competitor?

    By Mark Yagalla - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SLE, TSN

    With the proposed acquisition of Smithfield Foods on the table, the attention now turns to which meat company could be next. Mario Gabelli got me thinking last week when he told CNBC that Hillshire Brands (NYSE: SLE) could be a takeover candidate:

    This company sells at $32. I think you have a $45, $50 stock.

    If he's right, that's not a bad return in an uncertain environment. He more »

  • Spam On The Rebound

    By Jeremy Worthington - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SJM, MFI, SFD

    Spam is a household name yet Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL), the maker of Spam, is not that well known a company. The popular canned meat is widely consumed both in the United States and internationally. The stock of Spam took a tumble after the company cut its full year outlook but then it has been inching up since then. While the company still faces some headwinds in high pork prices more »

  • Smithfield Could Be Worth Much More

    By Anh HOANG - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SLE, SFD

    Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) has received a lot of attention from the investment community with its recent buyout offer from the Hong Kong-based holding company Shuanghui International. The Chinese company offered to acquire Smithfield at around $34 per share, with the total transaction value of $7.1 billion including Smithfield’s debt.

    Interestingly, in the middle of June, activist investment fund Starboard Value, the owner of a 5.7% stake more »

  • How to Feed a Dragon and Make Money

    By Varun Chandan - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, HRL, SFD

    In the past couple of weeks, two major transactions have highlighted the rising food demand in China.

    Earlier this month, Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD), a producer and marketer of fresh meat and packaged meat products, agreed to be acquired by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Limited. This week, Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) announced that it will acquire Denmark-based Kelsen Group to boost its presence in China.

    The past decade of more »

  • Should You Lose Your Appetite For This Food Stock?

    By Bob Ciura - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, HRL, KRFT

    Companies that make and sell products we all use on a regular basis have been some of the best performing stocks to hold over long periods of time. Their stable businesses mean consumers buy their products regardless of the economic climate.

    In addition, that financial stability is often accompanied by steady dividend payments, year in and year out. Over many decades, those dividends add up to huge returns for shareholders more »

  • There's Meat on the Bone With Tyson Foods

    By Michael Ugulini - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    Sure, I know what some of you may be thinking, 'What's this guy doing foraging in the refrigerator of the Meat Products industry in the Consumer Goods sector when he could be eyeing an exciting digital venture or something similar?" 

    It's because people still have to eat, and companies such as Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) are increasingly finding new ways to keep them fed with products they desire more »

  • Will This Huge Chinese/US Deal Go Through?

    By Mike Thiessen - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    As American consumers fret over the implications of the deal, retail investors and seasoned traders alike are lining up to play the planned merger between China's state-run Shanghui International Holdings and pork producer Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD). Although the terms of the deal appear to be quite favorable to Smithfield, it presents a number of regulatory and financial questions that may not have easy answers. Due to the politically more »

  • Investing in the Perfect Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

    By Leo Sun - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, HRL, SJM

    Of all the sandwiches in the world, there is one sandwich that is distinctly American - the timeless peanut butter and jelly sandwich. According to the National Peanut Board, the average American will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time he or she graduates from high school. This sandwich, which first appeared in the early 1900s, is such a prominent comfort food that it will likely more »

  • Does Smithfield Foods Have a Good Deal?

    By Anh HOANG - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    Recently, Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) has received a merger offer of $34 per share from the Hong Kong-based holding company, Shuanghui International Holdings. At $34 per share, the deal is valued at as much as $7.1 billion, including Smithfield’s net debt. Since the beginning of the year, Smithfield has advanced significantly, by more than 52.4%.

    Let’s take a closer look to see whether or not Smithfield more »

  • A Match Made in Hog Heaven

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    Shuanghui International has just created an opportunity for Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) to rapidly grow its sales in the coming years. Smithfield, the world’s largest pork processor and based in Virginia, has been bought by Shuanghui International Holdings, for a value believed to be around $5 billion. Shuanghui International is the majority shareholder of Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development, which is China's largest meat processing enterprise

    The acquisition means more »

  • After Smithfield Foods, Which of these Companies Is Next?

    By Mark Yagalla - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, PPC, SAFM, SFD, TSN

    With the news last week that Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) was being purchased by Chinese company Shuanghai International Holdings for $4.7 billion, it has me wondering if other U.S. meat companies are going to be acquired by Chinese companies. The Smithfield Foods and Shuanghai deal could touch off a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the space. That would bode well for shareholders of Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSNmore »)

  • Will Patience With This Pork Producer Payoff?

    By Bob Chandler - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    Though its stock is up around 40% from a 2012 low, Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) may have to navigate some near-term headwinds before making another move higher. Smithfield, the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, might be facing a very tough operating environment for at least the next six months. After reporting a 15% net profit decline on a 3% sales increase in its latest quarter, the combination more »

  • This Food Company Seems Expensive, As Do the Rest!

    By Matthew Frankel - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, HRL, TSN

    Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) is one of the largest producers of meat and food products, and caught my eye when looking for investment candidates in the food industry. While the stock may look expensive upon a first glance, trading for over 22 times TTM earnings, a more in-depth look reveals that this may not be the case at all.

    Hormel’s business is doing great, as you can see by more »

  • Don't Be Too Chicken to Buy This Stock

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, SFD, TSN

    Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) is the largest meat processor in the U.S., working with chicken, pork, and beef. Its recent quarterly results showed weaker-than-expected results, as consumers and restaurants switched to cheaper chicken from beef. The big news was the fact that Tyson cut its full-year guidance. 

    The company's stock was down nearly 5% on the news, but has slowly recovered as investors digest it. For the first more »

  • 3 Great Consumer Staples Stocks Flying Under The Radar

    By Bob Ciura - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, CHD, HRL

    Most income investors are well-aware of the benefits of dividend investing. Those quarterly checks provide stability and guaranteed returns in an era of high-frequency trading, geopolitical unrest, and volatile markets.

    The consumer staples sector in particular is a haven for those who enjoy receiving solid dividend yields. However, while most investors are fully aware of the market’s biggest consumer staples giants, there are a few stocks with much smaller more »

  • 5 Food Companies To Feed Your Watchlist

    By Cory Renauer - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, GIS, HRL, SJM, MKC

    The packaged food companies below all market branded items that supermarkets and mini-marts absolutely must carry, or they risk losing business to stores that do. Just think about what people would say about a supermarket that refused to stock Cheerios in the cereal aisle. Also, because of their brand recognition, these companies don’t need to enter pricing wars with competitors. They can continue to charge higher prices for a more »

  • Global Urbanization will Lead to Greater Demand for Niche Food Products

    By Jonathan Yates - April 20, 2013 | Tickers: HRL, MCD, SBUX, YUM

    In a recent interview in Barron’s magazine , Carl Weinberg, Chief Economist for High Frequency Economics, stated that he was bullish on the future of China due to the urbanization of its population. Weinberg noted that each person who moved from the country to the city increased the gross domestic product of that country by 600%. As this is happening not just in China, but around the world, there will more »

  • Do These Stocks Provide a Margin of Safety?

    By Bob Ciura - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: BF-B, HRL, MKC

    When the stock market is doing very well, investors tend to lose sight of valuation. It’s important to not get caught up in the market’s performance and risk turning a blind eye to disciplined investing practices. One such concept that investors would be wise to keep in mind today is the margin of safety. Many value investors understand the need to buy stocks at prices meaningfully below their more »

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