Sanderson Farms expects further improvement in 2H14 The company said old soy crop prices remain tight. The USDA has lowered the expected corn carryout in each of its last four reports, which means the company will need good weather this summer to rebuild soy supplies and maintain lower-priced corn. The company adds that construction in Palestine is on schedule and "coming along well." It targets the first calendar quarter of 2015 for operations to begin there. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
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Sanderson Farms downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc KeyBanc downgraded Sanderson Farms to Underweight with a $65 price target due to oversupply concerns. The firm lowered estimates to reflect industry chicken oversupply trends and weakening chicken prices and said valuation is at a premium.