A Big Fund’s Third Quarter Stock Positions Change in the Consumer Goods Sector

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information regarding Van Eck Associates’ top holdings in the Consumer Goods sector for the quarter ending September 30th, 2011. The firm held 24 stocks in the Consumer Goods sector at the end of the quarter with an aggregate market value of $911.511 million.

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 18,624,798 shares with a market value of $561,537,653. This comprised 1.44% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 9,242,462 shares with a market value of $229,305,477. This comprised 1.25% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -9,382,336. About Company: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products. The Company processes oilseeds, corn, milo, oats, barley, peanuts, and wheat. Archer-Daniels-Midland also processes produce products which have primarily two end uses including food or feed ingredients.
  • Brf – Brasil Foods S.a. (NYSE:BRFS): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 28,848,298 shares with a market value of $499,941,002. This comprised 1.28% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 12,771,846 shares with a market value of $223,890,469. This comprised 1.22% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -16,076,452. About Company: BRF-Brasil Foods SA is a food processor in Latin America. The Company raises chickens to produce poultry products. Brasil Foods also processes frozen pastas, soybeans and their derivatives, and distributes frozen vegetables. The Company’s core business is chilled and frozen food. The Company has offices in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
  • Bunge Ltd. (NYSE:BG): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 4,940,552 shares with a market value of $340,651,045. This comprised 0.87% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 2,658,611 shares with a market value of $154,970,438. This comprised 0.85% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -2,281,941. About Company: Bunge Limited is an integrated global agribusiness and food company spanning the farm-to-consumer food chain. The Company processes soybeans, produces and supplies fertilizer, manufactures edible oils and shortenings, mills dry corn and wheat, manufactures isolated soybean protein, and produces other food products. Bunge has primary operations in North and South America.
  • Tyson Foods Inc Cl A (NYSE:TSN): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 10,380,210 shares with a market value of $201,583,679. This comprised 0.52% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 5,502,587 shares with a market value of $95,524,914. This comprised 0.52% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -4,877,623. About Company: Tyson Foods, Inc. produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods and related allied products. The Company’s products are marketed and sold to national and regional grocery retailers, regional grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, and industrial food processing companies.
  • Smithfield Foods Inc. (NYSE:SFD): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 5,571,900 shares with a market value of $121,857,458. This comprised 0.31% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 2,994,617 shares with a market value of $58,395,032. This comprised 0.32% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -2,577,283. About Company: Smithfield Foods, Inc. processes pork and produces hogs through its meat processing and hog production groups. The Company also produces and markets a range of branded food products such as frozen barbecues and chilies, peanuts, and pork products. Smithfield’s products are sold on a wholesale basis, through catalogs, through its retail stores, and via the Internet.
  • Corn Products International Inc. (NYSE:CPO): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 2,564,120 shares with a market value of $141,744,550. This comprised 0.36% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 1,383,713 shares with a market value of $54,296,900. This comprised 0.3% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -1,180,407. About Company: Corn Products International, Inc. refines corn and produces sweeteners and starches. The Company has customers in a wide range of industries, including the food, soft drink, brewing, pharmaceutical, corrugating, paper, and textile industries. Corn Products has Company-owned operations, joint ventures, alliances, and technical licenses in countries around the world.
  • Cosan Ltd. (NYSE:CZZ): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 6,539,226 shares with a market value of $80,367,087. This comprised 0.21% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 3,433,153 shares with a market value of $32,511,960. This comprised 0.18% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -3,106,073. About Company: Cosan Limited produces ethanol and sugar. The Company operates mills, refineries, port facilities and numerous warehouses throughout Brazil.
  • Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 4,074,252 shares with a market value of $72,114,264. This comprised 0.18% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 2,181,410 shares with a market value of $27,463,952. This comprised 0.15% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -1,892,842. About Company: Darling International Inc. collects and recycles animal processing by-products and used restaurant cooking oil. The Company also provides grease trap collection services to restaurants. Darling processes such raw materials into finished products such as tallow, meat and bone meal, and yellow grease for sale in the United States and overseas.
  • The Andersons Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 621,006 shares with a market value of $26,237,504. This comprised 0.07% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 335,634 shares with a market value of $11,287,372. This comprised 0.06% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -285,372. About Company: The Andersons, Inc. merchandises grain, operates grain elevator facilities, distributes wholesale agricultural fertilizer, and distributes agricultural inputs to dealers and farmers. The Company also manufactures lawn fertilizer and corncob-based products, and purchases, sells, repairs, and leases railcars. In addition, The Andersons operates retail stores and a distribution center.
  • Cresud Inc. (NASDAQ:CRESY): On 06/30/2011 reported holding 1,676,618 shares with a market value of $27,228,276. This comprised 0.07% of the total portfolio. On 09/30/2011 reported holding 901,788 shares with a market value of $9,757,346. This comprised 0.05% of the total portfolio. The net change in shares for this position over the two quarters is -774,830. About Company: Cresud S.A.C.I.F.y A. purchases and leases farms in Argentina’s Pampas region, and produces agricultural products. The Company cultivates grains including wheat, corn, soybeans, and sunflowers, raises beef and dairy cattle, and produces milk.

(Note: Data regarding Van Eck Associates’s stock holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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