Stocks Smithfield Foods Inc

  • Top U.S. hog and pork producer. Smithfield Foods Inc. reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday due to a weak market for fresh meat, and shares fell sharply as a result.The Smithfield, Virginia-based company, which also is amajor beef producer and a partner in a large turkey operation,warned of higher meat prices ahead if prices for corn, animportant feed, keep increasing.