Using a stock screener is a lot like panning for gold. After screening over 4,000 food and beverage stocks on criteria of a minimum four star CAPS rating, yield over 2.5%, and Wall Street outperforms, three names come up shining: Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ: CALM), B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) and Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF). I was fully expecting to see names like General Mills or McCormick.
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Maybe it all started going south for the Millennials when the ramp up in college costs drove their generation to take on debt. Maybe it was a perfect storm of a recession, tight job market, and tighter credit, not to mention a financial crisis in which universities' endowments lost money big time, but the end result is the same. A generation that can't afford to buy new cars or more »
Online retailer and digital payments giant eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) is partnering up with the trendy Kate Spade Saturday label, owned by Fifth Pacific, on a bricks and mortar pop-up shop in Manhattan to debut very soon. This flirtation with retail rather than e-tail is a significant change of attitude for eBay.
This pop-up shop will feature a life-size touchscreen as the display window allowing shoppers to buy when the physical more »
Big Bang Theory meet Gilligan's Island meet Survivor (or maybe Thunderdome?). After last week's I/O keynote Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) CEO Larry Page profferred his idea for an island where scientists could study and experiment unconstrained by government regulation or corporate greed.
The maddest of the mad scientists would get to live on Larry Page's Island. How cool is that? I would pay good money to see more »
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) achieved 50 billion apps downloaded on May 15. Should anyone care... aside from the fact that there's only around 7 billion people on the planet?
The good news
Apple investors should be jazzed by this news as Research in Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android might not hit this milestone for some time, or ever in the case of Research in Motion. According to more »
High short interest and negative commentary haven't deterred the share price of three battleground stocks from flying. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR), Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), and First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) have shrugged off the shackles of negativity and shorts. Can they continue to beat the Street?
First Solar soared 231.25% over the last year, yet there is a 33% short interest. Green Mountain climbed more »
There are some places where you can't get a bad meal or a bad drink, Paris, Frisco, New Orleans. When I went to Paris I discovered cidre, apple cider with a kick. It went down all too easy with savory crepes and my friend and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked it (a little too much). Now Americans are discovering cidre.
Cidre or hard cider (basically more »
One year ago I wrote my first Motley Fool post, "Call Me, Shia!" on how actor Shia LeBoeuf nailed it on a call to go long McDonald's. Since then I've learned anything with Warren Buffett or burgers in the title is boffo (a word I love to use if you've been following along).
First and foremost
After having written the equivalent of three full-length Great American Novels more »
As I wrote before, I'm not entirely sold on a housing boom, what with college debt levels increasing and impoverishing what should be a new generation of homebuyers.
However, three companies hold properties that they've either bought at fire sale prices or are upscale enough they wouldn't attract first time homebuyers. Those companies are Blackstone (NYSE: BX), Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC) and Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOLmore »)
According to a French scientific abstract, women use make-up for two completely different reasons, camouflage or seduction. Whatever the reason, beauty is a multi-billion dollar business globally and investors should get in on the action. Markup on cosmetics and fragrances can range from 15% to several hundred percent.
There is barely an inch of a woman's exterior body that some potion can't "improve," from the size of pores more »
At last week's Value Investing Congress, brainchild of Kase Capital's investing titan Whitney Tilson, the keynote presentation by Tilson highlighted three stocks he still loves: Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B), and Hertz Global Holdings (NYSE: HTZ).
These three are close to 52 week highs and the Street seems to love them, too. And why not, when each has been heading steadily higher? However, none of these more »
Drinking, gambling, and sex are preoccupations that can make green (money) for your portfolio and can still satisfy investors who expect a sustainably green (pro-environment) performance.
An "evergreen" business model
Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD), the maker of Arm & Hammer baking soda cleaning and personal care products, makes the naughty (in a nice way) list.
There are few cleaner and greener companies in the cleaning space since baking soda is widely more »
The Value Investing Congress headed by Whitney Tilson just wrapped up in Vegas. While not as ballyhooed as the Ira Sohn and the Salt conferences, value investors eagerly anticipate its new long and short ideas. This time around there were three financials highlighted as long ideas.
1. Sign in to the Target Cartwheel site
2. Log on to Facebook
3. Scroll through hundreds of deals (700 now-may expand to 1,000)
4. Print out or scan the coupon codes on a smart phone more »
What Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has been doing to promote their brand as exclusive is, to put it mildly, not cool. In their pursuit to attract the Queen Bees and Homecoming Kings, the elite of teen consumers, their strategy is to dissuade fully half (and possibly more) of their addressable market from buying their product.
So not cool
CEO Michael Jeffries has been the mastermind behind the publicly stated corporate more »
Several recurring themes came out from the Value Investing Congress just ended in Las Vegas but the most interesting was that of meeting higher order needs, like love and self-improvement, with four names recommended as longs, Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST), Revlon (NYSE: REV), Spark Networks (NYSEMKT: LOV), and Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) and one name, quelle surprise, recommended as a short, who else but Herbalife.
If the economy is indeed more »
Three stocks, two of which are spinoffs from American giants and another that is rocking with Latin Americans, can jump start a portfolio's performance with their superior growth and yield.
Mercadolibre, the Latin American version of eBay, reported strong sales growth and more »
Whose portfolio couldn't use a little Vitameatavegamin? Not everything has soared in this run to Dow 15,000. Maybe you need a little diversification and are looking for some promising small caps.
You probably remember the classic I Love Lucy skit where Lucy gets drunk while filming a commercial for the alcohol-laced tonic. But seriously, using the Motley Fool.com stock screener (look under the CAPS tab) I discovered more »
How I miss the NBC show, "30 Rock". Suave exec Jack Donaghy asks head writer Liz Lemon if she watches CNBC. "No, CNBC gives me a headache. I get all my money advice from PBS." Cut to Liz on sofa watching a cartoon fox asking, "Where should I put my money? Tech stocks or the housing market?" Liz jumps up and down screaming,"Tech stocks, Foxy Moneybags!! Tech stocks!!"
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Sometimes, the entire city smelled like strawberry or popcorn. In summer, the scent hung heavy in the humid air mixing pleasantly with yeasty aromas from the many small breweries. Cincinnati could also smell rank from soap rendering, but the fragrance from the Tastemaker flavorings factory masked it and made the city a memorable olfactory delight.
The future of fragrance and flavorings
Flavorings and fragrances are a multi-billion dollar business worldwide more »
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