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  • June 18- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC took a stake in ConAgra Foods Inc and said it was prepared to nominate directors to the company's board to help address "persistent underperformance" since the acquisition of RalCorp in 2013.. Jana Partners, whose 7.2 percent stake makes it the second-largest shareholder in the Slim Jim Beef Jerky maker, said the...

  • After-hours buzz: ConAgra, Red Hat & more Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 5:32 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Thursday: ConAgra, Smith & Wesson, Red Hat & more.

  • Jana Partners picks up 7 pct stake in ConAgra Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 5:26 PM ET

    June 18- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC on Thursday disclosed a 7.2 percent stake in ConAgra Foods Inc, saying the Slim Jim Beef Jerky maker's shares were "undervalued." ConAgra's shares rose 6 pct in extended trading. ConAgra, which has been struggling to boost sales at its private label business, said in a statement that the company was open to discussions...

  • *Co-founder and CEO Stephen Hughes resigns. *COO James Leighton named CEO on an interim basis. June 10- Smart Balance spreads maker Boulder Brands Inc forecast a fall in current-quarter sales, the first quarterly decline in four years, and said co-founder and Chief Executive Stephen Hughes resigned.

  • June 10- Natural packaged food maker Boulder Brands Inc forecast a quarterly sales decline for the first time in four years and said co-founder and Chief Executive Stephen Hughes resigned. Boulder said it expected second-quarter sales to be $122 million- $124 million, a drop of 5-7 percent from a year earlier, hurt by lower sales in its Balance diet foods...

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter, including the Peter Pan brand, linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The plea agreement also calls for the unit to pay an $8.01 million criminal fine, a record in a U.S. food safety case, and...

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc has pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter linked to a salmonella outbreak, court papers showed. ConAgra Grocery Products Co pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, will pay a $8.01 million...

  • A 3,000% tax rate? Be glad it's not you Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:39 PM ET
    Fracking crews at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, northern Colorado.

    There are 10 companies in the S&P that paid effective tax rates of 60% or greater last year. USA Today reports.

  • Kraft and Heinz: What & where customers like to eat Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Heinz Tomato Ketchup

    The merger of Heinz and Kraft brings together a new set of customers - the ones who buy both products. Data from Rhiza shows where they live.

  • March 26- ConAgra Foods Inc, the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky and Chef Boyardee pasta, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to cost cuts and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast. ConAgra raised its adjusted profit forecast for the year ending May to $2.15- $2.19 per share from $2.13- $2.18. ConAgra reported a net loss for the third...

  • Early movers: LULU, SNDK, CAG, WGO, MCD & more Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • ConAgra reports quarterly loss, lower sales Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    March 26- ConAgra Foods Inc, the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky, reported a quarterly loss, hurt by a $1.3 billion charge in its private brands business. ConAgra was also hurt by the West Coast port disruption, which hampered exports of products including Lamb Weston potato products, the company said on Thursday. ConAgra reported a net loss of $954.1 million, or $2.23...

  • Biotechs could be the early warning for stocks Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Traders are watching small caps and the biotech sector Thursday to see whether they continue to melt down, as the harbinger of a deeper selloff in the broader market.

  • What to buy off the Kraft-Heinz merger Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:41 AM ET
    Kraft Singles with new packaging

    Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz agreed to pair up in a deal that will form a combined company with $28 billion in revenue. Here's how to trade it.

  • This is what could drive stocks this week Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:49 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks, stuck in their own zigzag pattern, remain vulnerable to the whims of unusually volatile currency markets in the week ahead.

  • Watch for stock volatility next week Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks, stuck in their own zigzag pattern, remain vulnerable to the whims of unusually volatile currency markets in the week ahead.

  • General Mills sales drop for sixth straight quarter Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:29 AM ET
    General Mills cereal products in Miami, Florida.

    General Mills delivered quarterly earnings that topped analysts' expectations on Wednesday.

  • March 18- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose in the United States after five straight quarters of decline. General Mills shares rose about 1 percent to $52.40 in premarket trading. General Mills, along with ConAgra Foods Inc and Campbell Soup Co, is...

  • The food trade: 5 appetizing plays Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Pedestrians pass a Shake Shack location in New York City.

    "Fast Money" traders looked at how to play some of Thursday's headlines from the food and restaurant space.

  • Are food stamps a bad thing? Not if you sell food Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    A woman pays for her groceries using a food stamp program at a supermarket in West New York, N.J., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

    The House has begun hearings on the U.S. food stamp program. They'll be watched closely by more than just the hungry.