Food stocks as a group underperformed the general stock market in 2000, although they could reverse that trend in 2001, securities analysts told SN last week. The defensive nature of food stocks could make them more attractive during the period of economic uncertainty that may lie ahead, the analysts said -- in contrast to 1999, when new-economy stocks caught investors' eyes, or in 2000, when those stocks tanked and made some traditional retailers look more attractive. In 2001, investors ...

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