Tyson Foods' tasty fourth quarter

The producer reported better-than-expected earnings Monday morning, and investors are as pleased as punch.

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Nov 18, 2013 3:36PM
Meat producer Tyson Foods (TSN) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Monday morning, and shares have bounced up as a result. Guidance for the coming fiscal year, as well as a dividend boost, also gave investors something to cheer about.

Tyson saw a 28% jump in quarterly operating profit and sales growth of 7% to $8.89 billion. Chicken and beef sales saw growth in the quarter, though pork sales declined 5.6%. For the coming fiscal year, Tyson expects production of chicken, beef, pork, and turkey to increase a modest 1%.
Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser believes Tyson Foods has two standout opportunities in the coming year.

Tyson's prepared foods segment is not a large portion of the business, but Jason believes it can flex some pricing power there. File photo of a Tyson Beef Pot Roast in the frozen food section (© Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Additionally, Tyson has an excellent avenue for growth in China, where it can tout the cleanliness and safety of its products in a market that has historically suffered from problems with avian flu. At 15 times earnings, Jason likes this stock.

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