5 More Stocks for the Holidays
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I recently wrote an article declaring five stocks that thrive with the Christmas cheer in the air. If you get a chance to get away from your errands and have a moment to remember your portfolio, here are five more possibilities for your portfolio that love the holiday season.
Best Buy (NYSE: BBY)
I know, I know, it is easy to hate Best Buy. But, give me a second. Best Buy historically has its best sales at this time of year. And, they just announced a price match guarantee in which they will match online prices (to a certain extent) of items that they sell in store. This solves one of the problems many consumers have with Best Buy: overcharging. Many people use the giant retailer to essentially window shop: they go to stores to see products and compare, and then write down the information and buy it for much cheaper online. However, this guarantee may result in customers actually buying in store as opposed to online, as consumers will have all the benefits of a store where they can physically touch and see products, with the added benefit of the prices of an online store. It’s the best of both worlds!
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)
Opinions widely vary on this internet giant. Almost anything in the world can be found here, including some of the best gift ideas. When the temperatures drop and the roads become covered with snow, it becomes easy to shop online—and where better than Amazon. Regardless of what you think about Amazon, they do very well in the Christmas season. They offer nearly everything under the sun for you and your loved ones.
eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY)
If I said that Amazon sells everything under the sun, then eBay sells everything under and above the Sun, if that makes sense. Plus, around the holidays, they usually launch a program where sellers are only charged a commission if their item sells, causing sellers to flock to eBay. Buyers also search eBay when their most coveted items are sold out. For the past two years, eBay’s earnings at Christmastime have jumped. Look for them to three-peat.
Home Depot (NYSE: HD)
While it isn’t necessarily 100% related to the actual Christmas season, Home Depot is a great buy for this holiday season. With home improvement still necessary because of hurricane Sandy, customers are relying on Home Depot for the tools to fix all of the damage. Watch for sales to be higher than any analyst expectations. However, Home Depot does actually tend to do pretty well during the holiday season anyways, selling things like Christmas lights and supplies for homeowners to decorate during the season.
Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW)
For essentially the same reasons as Home Depot, Lowe’s is a buy this winter. In the aftermath of Sandy, customers are uniting and redefining the slogan to be “Let’s REbuild something together” as efforts to reconstruct destroyed houses continue across the northeast. Plus, all of the holiday perks listed above, like Christmas lights, make Lowe’s a holiday favorite this season.
So, this holiday season, make it your pledge to not forget investing. With Christmas comes stress, gifts, and many stocks that thrive from your empty holiday wallet. These stocks are just a few to get started for successfully investing in the holidays.
Michael Nolan has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com and Best Buy. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Amazon.com, eBay, The Home Depot, and Lowe's Companies. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. Is this post wrong? Click here. Think you can do better? Join us and write your own!