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Best Performing Meat Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
Meat is one of the major food items that is consumed across the globe. Though there are an increasing number of individuals who are opting for the vegetarian or vegan diet, meat continues to remain one of the key food items. A good number of companies, which are listed on the stock exchange, are in the meat-related business activities. Meat is a specific term which may refer to beef, pork, chicken, cow and other animal meat. Investors looking for a specialized sector can explore the meat-business companies listed on the American stock exchange for investments.
Among the big basket of Meat stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Meat stocks?
This article provides a list of Meat stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2020 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Meat stocks between the end of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Meat stocks are listed below.
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Top Meat Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Meat sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Beyond Meat, Inc. (BYND) 2) Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) 3) Alico, Inc. (ALCO) 4) Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. (IBA) 5) Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM)
 6) Tyson Foods (TSN) 7) Seaboard Corporation (SEB) 8) Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) 9) BRF S.A. (BRFS) 10) Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (CRESY)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat, Inc., a food company, provides plant-based meats. It offers its products in the meat platforms of beef, pork, and poultry. The company sells its products to various customers in the retail and foodservice channels through brokers and distributors in the United States and internationally. The company was formerly known as Savage River, Inc. and changed its name to Beyond Meat, Inc. in Septe ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Beyond Meat.
The El Segundo, CA-headquartered company Beyond Meat, Inc. (BYND) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Meat of 2020. The Consumer Non-Durables sector business falls under the Meat Poultry and Fish industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Beyond Meat has changed by 93.76 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $75.6 per share and year-to-date closing price of $146.48 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $4.54 billion to $9.14 billion during the same period. Along with Meat, the company is also in the business of Consumer Non-Durables, Meat Poultry and Fish, Consumer Defensive, Packaged Foods, Consumer Defensive, Food & Beverage, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Beyond Meat continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation produces and markets various meat and food products in the United States and internationally. The company operates through five segments: Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Hormel Foods.
Based on the market-cap change from $24.12 billion to $26.88 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $45.11 per share to a price of $49.81 per share as of Sep 15, 2020, Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 10.42 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of Meat stocks, the Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods is categorized as the Meat Poultry and Fish sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Non-Durables sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Alico

Alico, Inc., incorporated on February 1, 1960, is an agribusiness and natural resources management company. The Companys segments include Orange Co., Conservation and Environmental Resources and, Other Operations. Its principal ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alico.
During the given months of the year 2020, Alico, Inc. (ALCO) was successful in generating YTD returns of -13.65 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Florida, FL-based Alico closed at a price of $35.83 per share, while it traded at a price of $30.94 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $267.84 million to $231.79 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Consumer Non-Durables industry sector and further specialized as a Farming Seeds and Milling sector business.

Industrias Bachoco

Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V. (Bachoco) is a holding company. The Company owns and manages over 1,000 facilities, organized in approximately 10 production complexes and over 60 distribution centers in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Industrias Bachoco.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by Industrias Bachoco, S.A. de C.V. (IBA) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Mexico, the Consumer Non-Durables sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Meat Poultry and Fish. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Industrias Bachoco has so far gained -23.96 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $52 per share and year-to-date price of $39.54 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $2.6 billion to $1.97 billion.

Sanderson Farms

Sanderson Farms, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1978, is a poultry processing company. The Company is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken. In ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sanderson Farms.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $176.22 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $126.51 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of -28.21 percentage. The Mississippi, MS-headquartered Consumer Non-Durables sector company also saw its market value change from $3.92 billion to $2.81 billion. The Meat Poultry and Fish specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Prepared Foods. The company processes live fed catt ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tyson Foods.
Tyson Foods (TSN) has moved by -28.33 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Non-Durables sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $91.04 apiece to the price of $65.25 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Springdale, Arkansas-based Meat Poultry and Fish sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $33.26 billion to $23.77 billion over the same duration. Tyson Foods is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Seaboard

Seaboard Corporation, incorporated on July 24, 1946, is an agribusiness and transportation company. The Company is primarily engaged in pork production and processing, and ocean transportation. The Companys divisions include ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Seaboard.
Seaboard (SEB) generated percentage returns of -31.8 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $4250.55 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $2898.99 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $4.95 billion to $3.37 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Meat Poultry and Fish sub-category. Based in Kansas, KS, the YTD performance of the Meat sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Pilgrim's Pride

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pilgrim's Pride.
The Colorado, CO-based Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) belongs to the Consumer Non-Durables sector and is categorized as a Meat Poultry and Fish company. The stock of Pilgrim's Pride ended the previous year at a price of $32.72 per share. As of Sep 15, 2020, the stock price has reached $17.05 apiece, which indicates a change of -47.89 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Meat for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $8.17 billion. It has now changed to $4.16 billion as of writing. Pilgrim's Pride continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

BRF

BRF S.A. focuses on raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry and pork for processing, production, and sale of fresh meat, processed products, pasta, sauce, mayonnaise, frozen vegetables, and soybe ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of BRF.
The Brazil-based Consumer Non-Durables sector company BRF S.A. (BRFS) holds the number nine spot among the best performing stocks of the Meat sector. Classified as the Meat Poultry and Fish business, the stock price of BRF ended the previous year at a price of $8.7 per share while it reached the level of $4.11 apiece as of Sep 15, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of -52.76%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $3.19 billion.

Cresud SACIF yA

Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria, incorporated on February 19, 1937, is an agricultural company engaged in the production of basic agricultural commodities with presence in the agricultural ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cresud SACIF yA.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Meat sector is taken by Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (CRESY). The company's stock price changed from $7.04 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $3.03 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of -56.96 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Argentina-based Consumer Non-Durables sector company was from $442.34 million to $273.52 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Meat sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.
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