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Deutsche Bank's Recipe For Food Stock Investing In 2017

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Deutsche Bank's Recipe For Food Stock Investing In 2017

Analysts at Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on 13 U.S.-based food companies on Wednesday.

Veteran packaged food analyst Rob Dickerson has been following the sector for years. He argued in a report Wednesday that contrary to belief, U.S. Food stocks are performing just fine under the "Trump rally" and will continue to do so. Specifically, the commonly held notion that higher interest rates discourage investing in food companies doesn't hold true.

Dickerson noted that the Food sector modestly outperformed the market and the broader consumer staples group over the past three months, despite interest rates inching higher. In fact, the food sector has underperformed the market over the past one-, three- and five-year periods — at a time when interest rates were notably low.

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Dickerson also argued that even in an environment of rising interest rates, as is expected throughout 2017, isn't reason enough for the Food sector to underperform. The analyst highlighted several positive factors that will support growth, including continued sector consolidation, top-line operating deleverage, higher brand portfolio investment needs and restructuring initiatives.

With that said, the analyst sees an approximate 9 percent market-cap weighted upside for the U.S.-based food sector over the next year.

Initiation Coverage

Initiated At Buy

  • Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE: CAG): $46 price target.
  • Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK): $18 price target.
  • Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC): $91 price target.
  • Nomad Foods Limited Ordinary Shares (NYSE: NOMD): $13 price target.
  • Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF): $61 price target.
  • Snyder's-Lance Inc (NASDAQ: LNCE): $43 price target.

Initiated At Hold

  • Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB): $65 price target.
  • General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS): $61 price target.
  • Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY): $115 price target.
  • J M Smucker Co (NYSE: SJM): $145 price target.
  • Kellogg Company (NYSE: K): $79 price target.
  • McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC): $102 price target.
  • Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ: MDLZ): $49 price target.

Latest Ratings for CAG

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2019MaintainsNeutralNeutral
Dec 2018MaintainsNeutralNeutral
Nov 2018DowngradesMarket PerformUnderperform

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