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Five Star Equities

June 06, 2012 08:20 ET

Shares of 3M and Kraft Foods Fall as U.S. Job Gains Fall Short of Analysts' Estimates -- S&P 500 Falls 10% From 4 Year High

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 6, 2012) - Growing concerns of a global economic slowdown and potential recession in Europe have continues to weigh down the markets. In the month of May we saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average erase it gains for the year and valuations in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index fall 19 percent below 2011 levels. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the S&P 500 and provides equity research on 3M (NYSE: MMM) and Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT).

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Data compiled by Bloomberg show that the S&P 500 is trading at 12.9 times profit in the last year, in February of last year the S&P 500 was trading at 15.9 times. On Friday, the S&P 500 saw their largest decline since November. The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate grew to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent, and employers in the U.S. added only 69,000 jobs, the lowest total in a year. The S&P 500 has fallen almost 10 percent, from its four year high in April, in the last week.

"You have to take your hits," said Michael Shaoul, chairman of Marketfield Asset Management. "You don't let it change your mind about domestic U.S. activity. You can be patient with U.S. economic growth and the market, and I still keep that view after this."

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3M recently announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded 3M Health Care a two-year Enterprise Incentive Agreement (EIA) to provide 3M Littmann Stethoscopes to all DoD medical treatment facilities in the United States, Europe and the Pacific region. The agreement was made effective on May 1, 2012.

Kraft Foods is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2011 revenue of $54.4 billion. The company recently reported that for the first quarter 2012 net revenues grew 4.1 percent to $13.1 billion.

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