THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST

NEW YORK -- Food stocks reflected an anomaly during the first half of the year -- one that is unlikely to continue through the balance of 2001, securities analysts told SN.In a break with historic patterns, stocks for companies with strong operating results showed weak selling performance, while stocks for several companies with traditionally weaker results outperformed the market and the food sector

NEW YORK -- Food stocks reflected an anomaly during the first half of the year -- one that is unlikely to continue through the balance of 2001, securities analysts told SN.

In a break with historic patterns, stocks for companies with strong operating results showed weak selling performance, while stocks for several companies with traditionally weaker results outperformed the market and the food sector during the half.

Consequently, value stocks like Fleming, Spartan Stores, Wi

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