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Jim Van Meerten

Chart of the Day: Pilgrim's Pride - Healthy Meat Alternative

 The Chart of the Day belongs to the  major chicken processor Pligrim's Pride (PPC) . I found the stock by using Barchart's powerful screening functions to find stocks with the highest technical buy signals, highest Weighted Alpha, superior current momentum and having a Trend Seeker buy signal then used the Flipchart  feature to review the charts for consistent price appreciation. Since the Trend Seeker signaled a buy on 2/ 15 the stock gained 25.11%.

PPC Price vs Daily Moving Averages

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken and pork products to retailers, distributors, and foodservice operators. The company offers fresh products, including refrigerated whole or cut-up chicken, selected chicken parts that are either marinated or non-marinated, primary pork cuts, added value pork, and pork ribs; and prepared products, which include fully cooked, ready-to-cook and individually frozen chicken parts, strips, nuggets and patties, processed sausages, bacon, smoked meat, gammon joints, pre-packed meats, sandwich and deli counter meats and meat balls. It also provides plant-based protein offerings, ready-to-eat meals, multi-protein frozen foods, vegetarian foods and desserts. In addition, its exported products include whole chickens and chicken parts sold either refrigerated for distributors in the U.S. or frozen for distribution to export markets and primary pork cuts, hog heads, and trotters frozen for distribution to export markets. The company offers its products under the Pilgrim's, Just BARE, Gold'n Pump, Gold Kist, County Pride, Pierce Chicken, Pilgrim's Mexico, Savoro, To-Ricos, Del Dia, Moy Park, O'Kane, Richmond, Fridge Raiders, and Denny brands. It serves chain restaurants, food processors, broad-line distributors, and other institutions; and retail market, such as grocery store chains, wholesale clubs, and other retail distributors. It operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Middle East, Asia, Continental Europe, and internationally. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation operates as a subsidiary of JBS S.A.

Barchart's Opinion Trading systems are listed below. Please note that the Barchart Opinion indicators are updated live during the session every 20 minutes and can therefore change during the day as the market fluctuates. The indicator numbers shown below therefore may not match what you see live on the website when you read this report.

Barchart Technical Indicators:

  • 100% technical buy signals
  • 70.421+ Weighted Alpha
  • 56.47% gain in the last year
  • Trend Seeker buy signal
  • Above its 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages
  • 12 new highs and up 6.55% in the last month
  • Relative Strength Index 66.71%
  • Technical support level at $35.59
  • Recently traded at $35.79 with 50 day moving average of $32.67

Fundamental Factors:

  • Market Cap $8.48 billion
  • P/E 21.04
  • Revenue expected to increase 4.10% this year and another 2.20% next year
  • Earnings estimated to increase 78.70% this year and an additional 6.00% next year 

Analysts and Investor Sentiment -- I don't buy stocks because everyone else is buying but I do realize that if major firms and investors are dumping a stock it's hard to make money swimming against the tide:

  • Wall Street analysts have 2 strong buy, and 3 hold recommendation in place on the stock
  • Analysts price targets are between $34 and $40
  • Value Line rated the stock an above average 2
  • CFRA's MarketScope Advisor rates the stock a 3 star buy with a price target of $40
  • MorningStar gives the stock an  average 3 star rating with a Fair Value estimate of $31
  • 8,630 investors monitor the stock on Seeking Alpha

Additional disclosure: The Barchart Chart of the Day highlights stocks that are experiencing exceptional current price appreciation. They are not intended to be buy recommendations as these stocks are extremely volatile and speculative. Should you decide to add one of these stocks to your investment portfolio it is highly suggested you follow a predetermined diversification and moving stop loss discipline that is consistent with your personal investment risk tolerance and reevaluate your stop losses at least on a weekly basis.

On the date of publication, Jim Van Meerten did not have (either directly or indirectly) positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. All information and data in this article is solely for informational purposes. For more information please view the Barchart Disclosure Policy here.
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