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USA - Tyson have always been a safe bet

30 Jan 2013

In the latest look at the underlying components of the S&P 500 ordered by largest market capitalization, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has taken over the #398 spot from Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS), according to The Online Investor.
 
 
 
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Market capitalization is an important data point for investors to keep an eye on, for various reasons. The most basic reason is that it gives a true comparison of the value attributed by the stock market to a given company’s stock.
 
 
Many beginning investors look at one stock trading at $10 and another trading at $20 and mistakenly think the latter company is worth twice as much — that of course is a completely meaningless comparison without knowing how many shares of each company exist.
 
 
 
But comparing market capitalization (factoring in those share counts) creates a true “apples-to-apples” comparison of the value of two stocks. In the case of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), the market cap is now $6.39 billion, versus Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS) at $6.29 billion.
 
 

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Below is a chart of Tyson Foods, Inc. versus Masco Corp. plotting their respective size rank within the S&P 500 over time (TSN plotted in blue; MAS plotted in green):

 

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Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.

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