Before Thursday’s opening bell, ConAgra Foods (CAG) released its second quarter financial results. Here’s what the results mean for mutual fund investors.
Inside the Results
The company reported earnings of $26.6 million, or 5 cents per share, down from $210.4 million, or 48 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings were 61 cents per share, up from 56 cents per share last year. On average, analysts expected to see EPS of 61 cents per share.
Sales dipped to $4.15 billion from last year’s $4.22 billion. Analysts expected to see revenue of $4.20 billion.
Low Volatility and Steady Yield
ConAgra Foods is a solid food play with a steady dividend yield that is nearly 3%. Despite its attractive dividend yield, the company has not increased its dividend since 2012. Conservative investors are attracted to this stock due to its low volatility. Looking ahead to 2015, the company may benefit from falling energy prices.
Mutual Funds to Watch
Investors interested in CAG may also consider the following mutual funds as an alternative to investing directly in the stock. The funds below currently hold the largest stakes in the company.
Vanguard Mid Cap Index
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index
The Bottom Line
The funds listed above offer investors a stake in CAG
while remaining diversified. Investors interested in CAG
may also be interested in Tyson Foods (TSN
Shares of CAG are up 10% YTD.