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Shares in Smithfield Foods Inc Tuesday fell to their lowest level in about five years after the U.S. pork producer announced several moves that should help it pay down debt.  The company's shares, which were down 13 percent to $17.29 (U.S.) in afternoon trade on the New York Stock Exchange, have lost 40 percent of their value this year.  On Friday, Smithfield shares posted a nearly 20 percent drop after Standard & Poor's Ratings Services downgraded the company's corporate credit rating due to "weak credit metrics" that were not expected to rebound in the near future.  Investors in the company, which is also facing opposition to the sale of its beef business, appear to have found no comfort in a trio of money-raising moves announced by Smithfield this week.  On Monday, Smithfield said it plans to sell a 5 percent stake to COFCO Ltd, China's largest agricultural trading and processing company. It also said it would offer $350 million of convertible senior notes due in 2013 and plans to merge its European operation with Spanish meat producer Campofrio Alimentacion SA .  "The deals reflect the challenges that agricultural companies are having in funding ballooning working capital," Stephens Inc analyst Farha Aslam said in a client note Tuesday.  Agricultural companies have been grappling with rising grain prices at the same time that a credit crunch has made it difficult for them to borrow money.  "The combined transactions are a big step past the biggest risk to our thesis, Smithfield's stretched balance sheet," Wachovia analyst Jonathan Feeney said in a client note Tuesday that referred Monday's announcements.  Stephens analyst Aslam said that Smithfield "is likely not comfortable enough on the exact timing" of the sale of its beef business to Brazil-based JBS SA.  The head of the Senate's antitrust subcommittee last week urged the Justice Department to block JBS's purchases of Smithfield Beef Group and National Beef Packing Co.  JBS said in March that it would pay $565-million for Smithfield Beef Group.  - Reuters