Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN) are all over the place this Monday morning after the company reported a mixed bag in 4th quarter earnings coupled with a lackluster guidance for the upcoming year.

Shares moved nearly 3% lower in pre-market trading, then climbed 4% at the opening bell, all before falling back down to around a 2% loss as of 12 PM EST.

The company has struggled with weakening demand for meat in the US, and the results from the 4th quarter reflect that. Tyson Foods CEO Donnie King says that economic headwinds are presenting quite the challenge, but that the company is focusing on what it can control and becoming more efficient from an operational perspective. He feels confident in the company’s leadership team and strategy.

Revenue of $13.35 billion narrowly missed the analyst consensus of $13.71 bullion. It also represented a nearly 3% loss from this time last year. While chicken sales were up slightly and pork sales fell relatively flat, beef sales suffered nearly 7% for the quarter.

Adjusted earnings saw a big drop as well, down 77% year over year to just 37 cents a share. However, this did outperform the analyst consensus of 29 cents per share.

The real concern, though, is the weak forecast the company issued for 2024. Tyson Foods is projected revenue of $52.8 billion, which is flat year over year. This is also a bit below the Wall Street forecast of $54.4 billion.

TSN has now fallen more than 16% in the past 3 months, with no real optimism of a turnaround in sight for the stock. So, should investors view this report as a sign to get out of the stock and cut losses? Or, is there any reason to hold onto hope that things will get better in the near future?

We’ve taken a look at TSN through the VectorVest stock analysis software and found 3 things you need to see before you do anything else.

Despite Poor Earnings and Guidance, TSN Still Has Fair Upside Potential, Safety, and Timing

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As for TSN, here’s what we found:

  • Fair Upside Potential: The RV rating compares a stock’s long-term price appreciation potential (forecasted 3 years out) to AAA corporate bond rates and risk. It offers far superior insights than a simple comparison of price to value alone. As for TSN, the RV rating of 0.86 is a ways below the average but deemed fair nonetheless. The stock is fairly valued at its current price.
  • Fair Safety: The RS rating is an indicator of risk derived through an analysis of the company’s financial consistency & predictability, debt-to-equity ratio, business longevity, price volatility, sales volume, and other factors. TSN has a fair RS rating of 0.95 as of now.
  • Fair Timing: Despite suboptimal performance recently, TSN still has fair timing - although the RT rating of 0.88 is a ways below the average as well. This rating is based on the direction, dynamics, and magnitude of the stock’s price movement. It’s calculated day over day, week over week, quarter over quarter, and year over year.

The overall VST rating of 0.90 is below the average itself but still deemed to be fair. So, where does that leave investors or prospective traders? 

For the time being, VectorVest has placed a HOLD recommendation on TSN. Learn more about this stock and the system itself through a free stock analysis today!

Tyson Foods Falls 2% After 4th Quarter Earnings and Weak Guidance for 2024: Time to Sell?
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