October 14, 2011 (Chinasvestor) Investors are always on the hunt to find hot stocks. Selected components from the Chinese consumer non-cyclical sector made remarkable comebacks lately. Zhongpin Inc. (NASDAQ:HOGS), the largest by market cap, is also the hottest. AgFeed Industries (NASDAQ:FEED ) as well as Agria Corp. (NYSE:GRO) are up 20% or more since Monday.
But there is a lot of ground left to make up as the following sector performance chart testifies. Even the latest surge of sector heavy weight Zhongpin Inc. (NASDAQ:HOGS) hardly dented into the nine months long negative trend.
AgFeed Industries (NASDAQ:FEED) surged on Wednesday but succumbed to profit taking on Thursday. The stock has another chance to shine on Friday. The good news is that AgFeed Industries (NASDAQ:FEED), while volatile with a very high beta of 4.3, is not overbought! This leaves additional room to the upside.
Agria Corp. (NYSE:GRO) is less of a trading stock though. Volume is just a fraction of AgFeed Industries (NASDAQ:FEED). Beta, measuring the volatility of the stock relative to the market, is half that of AgFeed Ind. (NASDAQ:FEED), making it more attractive for less risky investors.
Other stocks from the sector include China Marine Food (NASDAQ:CMFO), Origin Agritech (NASDAQ:SEED) and Synutra Int. (NASDAQ:SYUT), a Chinese baby formula maker.