Spice, seasoning, and packaged food giant McCormick (NYSE:MKC) has long enjoyed a privileged position in the food sector, as investors have been willing to pay a premium for shares in a company that holds uncommonly high market share and ups its dividend like clockwork. The shares were caught in the downdraft that saw other food stocks trailing the S&P 500 after mid-2013, but took an even steeper move down when management handed out weak 2014 guidance at the end of January.
Analysts suddenly started worrying about valuation on stock where valuation really hadn't mattered before, but then first quarter earnings came in higher than expected and sent the shares up more than 5%. McCormick is still expensive, but...
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