The lawsuit focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by making false and/or misleading statements and/or failing to disclose that: (i) Pilgrim's Pride colluded with industry peers to fix prices in the broiler-chicken market; (ii) this misconduct constituted a violation of federal antitrust laws; (iii) consequently, Pilgrim's Pride's revenues during the class period were the result of illegal conduct; and (iv) as a result, the Company's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
Specifically, on September 2, 2016, food distributor Maplevale Farms, Inc. filed an antitrust lawsuit against Pilgrim's Pride and other poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, Inc. ("Tyson"), alleging that Pilgrim's Pride and the other companies named in the complaint had conspired since 2008 to manipulate the prices of broiler chickens. Additionally, on October 7, 2016, Pivotal Research downgraded Tyson from "Hold" to "Sell." Explaining the downgrade, analyst Timothy Ramey directed investors' attention to the allegations of price manipulation by Pilgrim's Pride, Tyson, and their industry peers and described the lawsuit as "powerfully convincing."
On this news, the Company's share price fell from $21.11 per share on October 6, 2016 to a closing price of $20.16 on October 7, 2016—a $0.95 or a 4.5% drop.
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