Beverages

  • PepsiCo Hits a New High

    By Eshna De - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP

    Better-than-expected fourth quarter results have pushed up the PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) share prices and the stock attained its 52-week high Feb. 26. The stock is currently trading at 15.85 times its forward earnings, and offers investors an attractive 28.7% ROE.  Better yet, there are still more upsides yet to be factored in to the stock. The company’s diversified product range, iconic brands, global presence, and the ongoing more »

  • Coca Cola and PepsiCo: A win-win situation

    By Eshna De - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP

    The similarities between Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) go well beyond their identical-tasting colas. From their pricing strategies to their scramble for market shares, these two continue to fight an intriguing battle over decades and decades. In the wake of recent earnings releases by both Coca Cola and PepsiCo, let us take a closer look at what these two giants have in store for investors.

    Both companies have more »

  • Look To This Industry for Safe Stocks

    By Justin Carley - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, KO, ESRX, WAG

    The recent acquisition of H.J. Heinz for $28 billion could be validation for investors to stick with overpriced food and beverage companies. Shares of Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) popped 5% immediately following the announcement and ended the day with trading volume more than 6x the thirty day average.  Investors shouldn’t anticipate another large food deal anytime soon.  The Heinz deal was in fact the largest food deal in more »

  • Good Product But An Expensive Stock

    By Matthew Frankel - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, TAP

    Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE: TAP) is the largest brewer based in America, ever since the InBev acquisition of Anheuser-Busch.  Molson Coors has a 30% share of the U.S. market, 40% of Canada, and 19% of the U.K.’s market, making it the fifth largest brewer in the world.  The company has traded pretty flat in recent years, and seems to be stuck in a range between about $38 more »

  • Alcohol in the News: The Fight for Market Share

    By Nate Wooley - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, DEO, GPMCF, TAP

    To misquote Clint Eastwood, “A company's GOT to know its limitations.” Limits apply in a couple of ways. People need to know the limits of their abilities and they also need to know their limits when drinking alcoholic beverages.

    That brings me to the news about Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD) and Grupo Modelo. Now, I'm not a drinking man, at least not since college back in the dark more »

  • The Biggest And The Best

    By Matthew Frankel - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: KO, CCE, PEP

    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is generally regarded as one of the safest, smartest investments in the market, and for good reason.  With an ever-increasing dividend, a great balance sheet, share buybacks, and a steady increase in share price, Coca-Cola has been a rock-solid investment for its shareholders.  Even though Coca Cola has been in business since 1886, the company still manages to grow its revenue at an impressive pace more »

  • Soda Pop Concerns: Should You Pour Out of Beverage Stocks?

    By Nate Wooley - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    America is a consumer nation. Let's just face that. My ballooning up to the size of a blimp and then having to work to lose most of it (more than 100 pounds so far) is testimony to the fact that I'm a part of it as well.

    The real question becomes WHAT is being consumed. Sugary snacks, drinks and so forth have been a strong win in that more »

  • 4 Beverage Giants Destined to Get Even Bigger

    By Steve Peasley - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, KO, KOF, DEO

    Forget all the jokes about liquid assets. Beverage stocks are a good place to be. This is a non-cyclical industry that has solid dividends and good long-term prospects. The best way to invest is in the shares of the four heaviest hitters.

    With the middle class expanding rapidly both in Asia and South America, demand for this quartet’s consumable liquids is poised to rise for many years to come more »

  • The Double Life of the Other Cola King

    By Reuben Brewer - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: KO, K, PEP

    I recently wrote about the potential trouble facing energy drink makers, which included a look at Dow-30 member Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). I was reminded of Pepsi's double life as a major drink company and a dominant chip/snack company. I've always had a soft spot for Pepsi's diversification, so I thought I would take a moment to dig deeper into its business with a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis (SWOT).

  • Lower Risk Stocks as we Approach "The Cliff"

    By Justin Carley - November 5, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, BEAM, DEO, STWD | Editor's Choice

    Finally, the election is upon us and we can all escape the political rhetoric SOON.  However, the feeling of relief may not last long as attention will quickly turn to the looming fiscal cliff and its impact on the economy and markets.  I recently highlighted why investors need to maintain an overweight position in equities; however, there are real risks that could have real consequences on one’s portfolio.  While more »

  • 3 Reasons Why you Need to be in Equities

    By Justin Carley - October 29, 2012 | Tickers: AA, BEAM, CAT, CSCO, UTX

    Markets are starting to roll over, with 3Q 2012 S&P 500 earnings on pace to record their first yearly decline in five years.  Follow this up with forward guidance from industry bellwethers that in many cases are downright scary (Apple, Amazon, Caterpillar, DuPont, and 3M to name a few), and no wonder the S&P 500 has declined 4% from its highs.  In fact, it is surprising it hasn more »

  • The Global Franchise Business Warren Buffett Loves the Most

    By Anh HOANG - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: KO, PEP | Editor's Choice

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) just recently reported impressive quarter earnings results. It seems that KO is still a growth story. The global volume growth for the quarter was 4% and 5% year-to-date. The main area, which contributed to KO’s growth story, was Eurasia & Africa, with 11% growth in both this quarter and year-to-date, whereas the least growth area was Europe. North America stayed at 2% growth. 

    Its operating revenue for more »

  • Branding the Bubbles

    By Somnath Guha - October 4, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-A, KO, DPS, PEP

    The largest holding in the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) portfolio managed by investing titan Warren Buffet is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO).  Over the years Buffet has amassed $15.7 billion dollars in Coca-Cola shares, representing an 8.9% stake in the iconic blue chip. But Buffet isn’t the only one who believes in Coca-Cola; 67.33% of the company is institutionally owned. The top five holders are Berkshire Hathaway, Vanguard more »

  • Rise and Shine - The Verismo ts Here

    By Somnath Guha - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    “A perfect Starbucks Latte at home. And at the push of a button,” promises Starbucks’ website.

    Starting of a brand new day

    The Verismo from Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is the first single cup machine that can make brewed coffee, espressos, and lattes with fresh milk. The Verismo retails for $199, although the single-serving coffee market has long been described as a razor/razor blade type model, wherein companies sell machines more »

  • Batle of the Beers: Which is the Best Buy?

    By Karin Hernandez - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, SAM, TAP

    I’ve got a t-shirt, I bought it in about 2009, I think. It says “The Drinking Will Continue until the Economy Improves.” A common saying, and a common feeling, I believe. Drinking beer is a fairly cheap indulgence, and in moderation, it does help to take one’s mind off his troubles, if only for a while.

    The market for beer has held up quite well during the economic more »

  • This Stock’s For You

    By Justin Carley - July 13, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, KO, NSRGY, PEP, UN

    Anheuser-Busch Inbev (NYSE:BUD) shares surged more than 7% on the news that they will buy out the remaining 50% stake in Grupo Modelo.  The biggest just got bigger.  With the transaction, which is set to close in the first quarter of 2013, the company added the fourth most profitable beer in the world (Corona) and now owns five of the top six.  Think about that for a second.  They are so dominant that they sold their Crown import joint venture to Constellation Brands, whose shares also surged on the news, in hopes that regulators won’t spoil the party.  Despite the run-up in the stock to the tune of more than 40% in the last year, happy times still lie ahead for patient investors.

  • Budweiser Becoming a Global Brand

    By Tony Daltorio - May 24, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, HEINY, PEP

    When Belgian brewer Inbev bought Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion a few years ago forming Anheuser-Busch InBev NV ADR (NYSE: BUD), it had a plan in mind. A crucial part of that plan was to turn around the fortunes of Anheuser-Busch's flagship brand, Budweiser, and truly turn it into one of the most iconic brands on the planet, like Coca-Cola or McDonald's. 

    It is not easy to have a more »

  • The Cola War is Over for Pepsi

    By Tony Daltorio - May 3, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, KO, KRFT, MNST, PEP

    One of the world's most familiar food and beverage companies is PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). Its brands are known all across the globe including Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Tropicana, Quaker and, of course, the iconic cola brand Pepsi. 

    Pepsi is also famous for the decades-long battle to be the top-selling carbonated beverage with its bitter rival, Coca Cola (NYSE: KO). The conflict between the two rivals raged back and forth for years more »

  • The Brewing Coffee War

    By Tony Daltorio - March 23, 2012 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX

    Get ready coffee drinkers around the globe...the single-cup coffee war is heating up......  

    Some of the main combatants in this battle include Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Nestle ADR (OTC: NSRGY) with its Nespresso brand. The latest front in this battle sees Starbucks coming out this autumn with its own coffee maker branded Verismo in the North American market to compete directly with Nestle's Nespresso. These machines make espresso-based more »

  • Cheers to a Good Investment

    By Chris Martin - February 23, 2012 | Tickers: SAM, BREW, DEO, FMX

    I like to invest in what I know.  I know banking and treasury, I know retail, and I know beer.  

    Since my college days I've seen a dramatic shift in the drinking habits of those around me.  No longer is it the weird west coast hippie drinking some beer from a company I've never heard of.  Guys and girls of all ages (over 21) are drinking craft brews more »

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