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Beyond Meat jumps over 6% as the sentiment in food stocks picks up

Beyond Meat jumps over 6% as the sentiment in food stocks picks up

In early trading on Wednesday, July 6, packaged food stocks outperformed as market participants are seemingly posturing more defensively. Additionally, the impact of the breakup of Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), along with recent upgrades by analysts in the sector, seemingly improved investors’ sentiment toward the food stocks. 

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ: BYND) finished the day up by 6.03%, leading the cohort; however, the company will need to deliver big on its promises in the next quarters to be considered a household name in the packaged food business for the next decade. 

Meanwhile, on May 11, the company reported its Q1 earnings, showing revenue and gross margins below the industry’s expectations. The net revenues were $109.5 million compared to the expected $112.3 million. Though falling short of the expectations, the revenues moderately increased by $1.3 million, up 1.2% year-on-year (YoY).  

BYND chart and analysis 

Despite ending yesterday’s session up 6.03% and closing above the 20-day and 50-day Simple Moving Averages (SMAs), the shares are down 55% YTD. Over the last month, the trading range seems to be set between $24.79 and $29, with a slight increase in trading volume.  

BYND 20-50-200 SMA lines chart. Source. data. See more stocks here.

Meanwhile, analysts rate the shares a moderate sell, with the next 12 months’ average price prediction at $24.38, -16.02% lower than the current trading price of $29.03.

Wall Street BYND analysts’ price targets for BYND. Source: TipRanks    

Plant-based meat (PBM) products industry is still unknown since the demand for the products can disappear as changing consumer demands will determine the need for such products.

Furthermore, with rising food prices, PBM products tend to become more pricey, possibly hurting demand even more. 

Investors with high-risk appetites can keep the stock on their watchlist as the drop in the share price was quite steep, possibly offering solid gains if the stock returns to its former glory days.     

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