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Mississippi-based companies make strides on Wall Street

by 5m Editor
17 March 2005, at 12:00a.m.

MISSISSIPPI - Mississippi-based companies have made strides on Wall Street in the past five years. Sixteen of the 19 publicly held companies based in Mississippi have outperformed the S&P 500 in price appreciation since 2000. The S&P 500, a stock index of 500 companies selected by Standard & Poor&#39;s to represent the brightest and best of the American economy, is used by investment advisers and mutual funds as a benchmark. Poultry producer Sanderson Farms led Mississippi-based stocks with an increase of 675 percent in stock price appreciation from March 9, 2000, to March 9, 2005. If Sanderson Farms had been in the S&P 500 Index, it would have been ranked No. 4 out of 500 for that five-year stretch in price appreciation, Ashby Foote, president of Vector Money Management in Jackson. Mike Cockrell, chief financial officer at Laurel-based Sanderson Farms, said the company has had two consecutive years of record earnings. &quot;The company is operated well relative to its peers in the industry, and we&#39;ve had a positive environment in which to operate,&quot; he said. &quot;The price of chicken has been positive.&quot; <i>Source AP via Sunherald</i>

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