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Chicago, IL – September 29, 2016 – Zacks Equity Research highlights Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN- Free Report) as the Bull of the Day and CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF- Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on the Xerox Corporation-(NYSE: (XRX - Free Report) -Free Report),Macy’s Inc-(NYSE: (M - Free Report) -Free Report) and Steelcase Inc-(NYSE: (SCS - Free Report) - Free Report).

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN- Free Report) is generating stable earnings and sales growth as its core food brands continue to provide stability. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is expected to have record earnings this year.

Tyson Foods is one of the leading food companies producing chicken, beef and pork. But it was its recent acquisition of food giant Hillshire Brands in 2014 that propelled the company into another category and provided earnings stability versus the up and down volatility of poultry and meat prices.

Its brands now include Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, State Fair and Hillshire Farm. Its prepared foods include bacon, breakfast sausages, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts, tortillas and desserts.

It has 400 facilities in the United States and around the world.

Another Big Beat in the Fiscal Third Quarter

On August 8, Tyson reported its fiscal 2016 third quarter results and easily beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.14.

Earnings were $1.21 versus the consensus of $1.07.

All operating segment results were in or above their normalized operating margin ranges with the Chicken segment being especially strong, seeing a record 13.9% return on sales.

Raised Full Year Guidance

On the back of strong momentum, Tyson raised full year earnings guidance to $4.40 to $4.50 a share, which is 40% higher than a year ago.

It expects record earnings this fiscal year.

As a result, the analyst also raised their estimates. The Zacks Consensus Estimate jumped to $4.52 from $4.35 over the last 60 days, which is slightly higher than the company's guidance.

The analysts are also bullish on fiscal 2017 as the Zacks Consensus Estimate has jumped to $4.82 from $4.47 over the last 2 months.

That is earnings growth of 6.8%. Tyson believes it can get earnings growth up to the high single digits in fiscal 2017.

Additionally, on Sep 8, at the Consumer Staples Conference, Tyson confirmed its bullish stance.

Bear of the Day :

CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CF- Free Report) is expected to see sharply lower earnings in 2016 as the fertilizer market remains weak. This Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) is forecast to see earnings drop by almost half this year.

CF Industries is one of the largest manufacturers of nitrogen products in the world. It operates nitrogen manufacturing complexes in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom with customers throughout the world.

It also owns a 50% interest in an ammonia facility in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

A Tough 2016

On Aug 3, CF reported second quarter results and, for the fourth quarter in a row, it missed on the Zacks Consensus Estimate as the fertilizer market remained weak.

They haven't been small misses either.

The second quarter miss was by $0.35. It reported just $0.33 but the analysts were expecting $0.68.

Fertilizer prices in North America continue to be pressured. Wet and cool weather delayed fertilizer applications in the second quarter and a high level of imported products in April and May pressured prices.

Net sales declined to $1.13 billion from $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2015 due to lower selling prices across all segments.

There continues to be a worldwide oversupply of nitrogen products which is impacting prices.

Estimates Slashed Again

Given the big miss and the weak outlook in the industry, the analysts have been cutting both 2016 and 2017 estimates.

The 2016 Zacks Consensus Estimate has fallen to $1.18 from $1.32 in the past 30 days.

That is down from $2.00 just 90 days ago.

CF Industries made $3.88 in 2015 so that's an earnings decline of 69.5%.

2017 isn't looking much better, although the analysts do see a floor in the earnings drop.

They've been cutting 2017 estimates as well. The 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate is now down to $1.29 from $2.27 just 3 months ago.

That's an earnings increase of 9%, but it's not much to cheer about given the huge cut in earnings in 2016. It does, however, indicate that the analysts expect some stabilization in fertilizer prices in 2017.

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Steelcase Inc-( NYSE: (SCS - Free Report) - Free Report)

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