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16 Promising Stocks in Messy Industries

Premium exclusive: These undervalued wide- and narrow-moat stocks with stable and positive moat trends should be able to withstand the headwinds their industries face.

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When it comes to investing, uncertainty can be opportunity.

Few market segments face more uncertainty today than "Big Food." The segment grapples with fast-changing consumer tastes. Packaged-food makers are experiencing fierce competition in the center-of-store aisles, with brand names losing their luster as smaller competitors emerge and consumers increasingly favor fresh items. Lukewarm results and bland growth prospects characterize the segment today--and many of the stocks have gotten hammered. Campbell Soup (CPB) and  General Mills (GIS) are down more than 25% each this year as of this writing; JM Smucker (SJM), The Hershey (HSY) and PepsiCo (PEP) have all seen double-digit declines.

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Susan Dziubinski does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.