Today, 9:07 AM
- Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) discloses sales volume could be lower this year due to outbreaks of the avian influenza.
- The company says several of its turkey farms have been impacted.
- "Tight meat supplies and operational challenges will pressure earnings in the back half of our fiscal year," warns management.
- Previously: Poultry stocks on watch after bird flu hits large Iowa farm
- HRL -0.90% premarket.
Today, 8:28 AM
- Poultry stocks are skittish in early trading after a large chicken flock in Iowa is reported to be infected with cases of the avian influenza.
- The virus is believed to be transmitted to farms in the Midwest by ducks and geese traveling along migratory routes.
- On watch: Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) -0.8%, Pilgrim's Pride (NASDAQ:PPC) -0.6%, Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) -0.4%, Hormel (NYSE:HRL) -0.9%.
Thu, Mar. 26, 12:37 PM
- Deutsche Bank thinks 3G Capital will be back in the food sector for a major acquisition faster than some other investment firms anticipate.
- 3G put itself in a stronger position to make a major purchase by not adding debt in the Kraft deal.
- Analyst Eric Katzman sees some food names trading with a premium as the 3G shadow hangs over the sector, while others have downside risk with M&A speculation not making as much sense.
- Premium on: ConAgra (NYSE:CAG), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).
- Premium off: Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB), Hershey (NYSE:HSY), Hormel (NYSE:HRL), Kellogg (NYSE:K), J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM).
- Previously: Investors snapping up food stocks (Mar. 25 2015)
- Previously: Beer fallout from Kraft buyout (Mar. 25 2015)
- Previously: Kraft-Heinz merger has a few ETFs on the move (Mar. 25 2015)
Wed, Mar. 11, 11:40 AM
- An unconfirmed case of avian bird flu in Arkansas is creating some anxiety in the poultry industry.
- USDA testing is underway on the case.
- Poultry exports to certain nations could be limited if the development worsens.
- The chicken sector has also been hit recently with concerns on the use of certain antibiotics.
- Decliners: Tyson Foods (TSN -5%), Hormel Foods (HRL -1%), Sanderson Farms (SAFM -5.4%), JBS (OTCQX:JBSAY -1.8%), BRF (BRFS -1.7%), and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC -7.2%)
- Previously: Chicken stocks hit by antibiotic concerns
Wed, Mar. 11, 10:00 AM
- Chicken stocks trade weaker on concerns the push to remove certain antibiotics from hatcheries could raise costs or that inaction could crimp demand.
- The issue has been teed up nationally after McDonald's made a strong statement last week with its new sourcing policy.
- Decliners: Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) -4.7%, Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) -4.1%, BRF (NYSE:BRFS) -2.4%, Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) -0.6%, Pilgrim's Pride (NASDAQ:PPC) -6.6%.
- Previously: McDonald's unveils menu sourcing initiatives (Mar. 04 2015)
Wed, Mar. 4, 10:11 AM
- McDonald's (MCD -0.5%) will stop buying chickens raised with human antibiotics in a gradual process, according to a report from Reuters.
- An announcement by the company is expected later today.
- The development could be a "tipping point" in the poultry industry, notes industry insider Jonathan Kaplan.
- Shares of chicken-focused Pilgrim's Pride (PPC -1.5%) are lower - while Tyson Foods (TSN -1%), Sanderson Farms (SAFM -0.6%), and Hormel (HRL -0.6%) could all be impacted by a heightened focus on the use of antibiotics with livestock.
- Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD -1.7%) is also on watch as a company that buys a fair amount of chicken from suppliers.
Thu, Feb. 19, 8:52 AM
- Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) reports volume rose 3% in FQ1.
- Revenue by segment: Grocery Products: $409.75M (+2%); Refrigerated Foods: $1.14B (+1.4%); Jennie-O Turkey Store: $440.02M (+10.2%); Specialty Foods: $263.27M (+34.3%); International & Other: $137.81M (+17.4%).
- Gross profit rate improved 78 bps to 18.56%.
- Adjusted segment operating profit rate rose 113 bps to 12.05%.
- The company expects FY2015 adjusted EPS to be in the range of $2.50 to $ 2.60.
- HRL +0.93% premarket.
Oct. 9, 2014, 10:58 AM
- Consumer staples stocks continue to persevere amid a broad market decline.
- The Consumer Staples Select ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) is +1.9% over the last 5 days vs. the -1.3% showing of the S&P 500 ETF.
- Today, PepsiCo (PEP +1.5%) is doing some of the heavy lifting following its Q3 earnings report - while a number of meat stocks are also contributing including Pilgrim's Pride (PPC +1.3%), ConAgra Foods (CAG +1.8%), Hormel (HRL +0.7%), Seneca Foods Corp. (SENEA +0.7%), Diamond Foods (DMND +1.1%), Tyson Foods (TSN), and Sanderson Farms (SAFM +0.7%) .
May. 27, 2014, 10:11 AM
- Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN +3.5%), Hormel (HRL +2.6%), and Sanderson Farms (SAFM +2.5%) all trade higher after the merger profile of the sector gets a lift from Pilgrim Pride's aggressive pursuit of Hillshire Brands.
- Though food industry analysts see long-term potential for the sector through consolidation, they warn the merger premium is getting played out.
May. 21, 2014, 7:55 AM
- Hormel (HRL) drove sales higher in FQ2 off of price increases as total volume ended up down 1% from last year.
- The integration of Skippy peanut butter helped to boost results in the U.S. and globally.
- Segment sales growth: Grocery Products -0.4% to $392M; Refrigerated Foods +9.9% to $1.11B; Jennie-O Turkey Store -1.1% to $380M; Specialty Foods -11.6% to $217M; International & Other +22.7% to $143M.
- The company's gross margin rate improved 50 bps to 16.9%.
- HRL -1.4% premarket
Nov. 26, 2013, 10:43 AM| 1 Comment
Aug. 5, 2013, 2:22 PM
- Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN +4.3%) are higher after the company surprised analysts with a brisk quarter led by steady demand for chicken, pork, and beef products. The trend of restaurants and consumers moving toward a higher mix of lower-margin chicken products seems to have abated, which is also welcome relief for Tyson.
- Peers are out-performing market averages for the days on the good sector news. SFD +0.1%, HRL +0.2%, PPC +0.4%.
Jul. 29, 2013, 2:38 PM| Comment!
Jun. 18, 2013, 8:19 AMHormel (HRL) lowers estimates for profitability this year, dropping its EPS outlook to $1.88-$1.96 from prior guidance of $1.93-$2.03. The company cites higher input costs and poor pork sales for the shortfall. HRL -9% premarket, working off much of the gains picked up from enthusiasm in the sector after Smithfields Foods was bought out. | 2 Comments
Jun. 17, 2013, 8:49 AMSmithfield Foods (SFD) moves up 1.4% premarket after Starboard Value pitches that a piecemeal sale of the company might make sense. The sum-of-the-parts chatter could also provide another lift for the packaged meats sector as a whole. On watch: Tyson Foods (TSN), Seaboard Corporation (SEB), Hillshire Brands (HSH), and Hormel Foods (HRL). | Comment!
May. 6, 2013, 10:14 AMWhere's the beef? Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN -5.3%) stumble and take a few peers down with it after the company misses profit estimates. Consumers opted for lower-margin chicken products in Q1 and there's some concern the trend will continue as beef prices hit a consumer breaking point. Sector watch: Hormel (HRL) -1.6%, Smithfield Foods (SFD) -1.2%, Hillshire Brands (HSH) -0.9%. | Comment!
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