• This Spirits Company is a Good Bet for Your Portfolio

    By Ash Sharma - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, STZ, DEO

    Constellation Brands’ (NYSE: STZ) stock price has increased by more than 80% in the last one year. The company has expanded its business over the period of a few years and is still going strong. The company is looking ahead to achieve sales growth through its recently consolidated beer business as well as the well established Wine and Spirits segment. Now, let’s discuss a few points in detail.

    Beer more »

  • The Liquor Stock Taste Test for Your Portfolio

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, ABV, TAP

    Alcohol takes on many forms, and that is why it is important to cater your portfolio to its specific taste. If you want high volume international sales, there's an liquor stock for that. If you want to get in on the premium bourbon market, there's a liquor stock for that. If you want exposure to Latin America, there is an liquor stock for that. Here is a taste more »

  • Capitalizing on the Light-Beer Demise

    By John Timmes - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, SAM, BREW

    A recent report suggested that light-beer consumption has been falling as consumer preferences move to other choices. While this trend has been discussed for a while now, let's examine three stocks that could benefit from a continuation in this changing dynamic.

    The craft brewers

    While the general beer market has been struggling recently, craft beer has been on a strong upswing. Craft beer sales grew by 15% over the more »

  • Buying Bernanke's Breakouts

    By Declan Fallon - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: APL, BEAM, ELRC

    It didn't take long for market losses generated by the Ben Bernanke breakdown to be surpassed in the days following the long July weekend. However, the number of NYSE stocks making new 52-week highs is running well below the prior rally, going from 800 new 52-week highs a day in May to sub-600 in July -- not exactly a swinging endorsement on the part of buyers. No new highs means more »

  • Take a Shot, or 3, at Growth With These Companies

    By Shweta Dubey - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO

    With rising demand and increasing per-capita disposable income, the global consumption of alcoholic drinks will bypass the $1 trillion mark. Volume will reach around 210 billion liters in 2014, an increase of 10% over the last five years, and flavored alcoholic beverages represent half of the overall market value. The companies in this industry are driving hard to deepen their foothold in the market. They are adopting various strategies to more »

  • Will Investors Sour on This Formula Maker?

    By Bob Chandler - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, MJN, HSY

    Mead Johnson Nutrition (NYSE: MJN), a global leader in pediatric nutrition, has long been a well-respected company and favorite of Wall Street. The firm, with a worldwide leading brand franchise in infant formula, has seen its stock rise from around $29 per share to over $80 since a 2009 spin-off from Bristol-Myers. But as good as its pedigree is, there are a couple of reasons why investor sentiment might start more »

  • Constellation Brands Fails To Impress Investors

    By Jacob Steinberg - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, BEAM, STZ

    Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) saw its earnings fall by 27% in the last quarter due to restructuring costs which led to a sell-off in the company's stock. In addition, the company announced an increase in its revenues due to higher demand on products like Corona and Modelo Especial. 

    The company earned $52.9 million for the quarter, down from $72 million in the same quarter a year ago. Excluding more »

  • Don't Be Stingy With These Sin Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-A, DEO

    Garbo's first movie quote is one liquor companies would love to hear more often, "Pour me a whiskey and don't be stingy, baby."  However it's more likely to be a request for flavored vodka these days. To attract more women drinkers alcoholic beverage companies have been floating flavored vodkas and low calorie cocktail mixes as well as saucy YouTube videos.

    Hellooo, ladies

    Wooing women as a way more »

  • How Does Diageo Innovate?

    By Timothy Noffsinger - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, DEO

    On May 9, Diageo’s (NYSE: DEO) Global Director of Brand Innovation Group, Syl Saller, hosted a webcast (found here) to explain the company’s innovation strategy. After bragging that 50% of Diageo’s growth has come from innovation over the last five years, she went on to summarize Diageo’s approach to innovation: maximizing global and local benefits, breadth in the portfolio and distribution, great design, skilled liquid crafts more »

  • Billionaire Ackman Is Still Fighting the Good Fight

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, CP, PG

    Billionaire Bill Ackman and Pershing Square Capital's latest filing with the SEC shows that he has kept his top five steady and is continuing his major activist campaigns. This is no surprise, as Ackman is a long-term value investor, particularly successful at special situations. Outlined below are Ackman's top five, so let's check them out (check out Pershing's latest picks).
    Pershing's top stock remains Canadian more »
  • Growth With A Catalyst For Foodies

    By Reuben Brewer - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, GIS, PEP

    Gabelli Asset Fund looks for companies trading at good prices that have a catalyst to drive future performance. Three recent fund highlights in the food and beverage area are Beam (NYSE: BEAM), General Mills (NYSE: GIS), and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP).

    A Good Start

    The management team at the fund highlighted the strong start to the year in their first quarter commentary. However, it still believes that “attractively priced equities, especially more »

  • Don’t Make Investing Too Complicated

    By Matthew Luke - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, ABBV, BEAM, CHD, MCD

    If I could send a message back in time to my younger self, I would only need to use four words, “Keep it simple, Stupid!” This is great advice for life in general, but especially good advice when investing one’s own money. How much better would my stock portfolio would look today if I had realized this when I first began investing!

    Sometimes we as investors can fall into more »

  • Concerned About a Market Pullback? Just Add Booze

    By Justin Carley - May 8, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, BEAM, BF-B, DEO, PDRDY.PK

    Alcohol stocks have historically been popular choices thanks to consistent earnings growth. The stocks continue to enjoy a favorable story as pricing remains robust and emerging market consumption gains traction. But investors are well aware that it takes more than a good story to make a stock a good buy. A great story without reasonable valuation is often a disaster waiting to happen. So where do alcohol stocks sit today more »

  • Constellation Brands – Corona Causing Commotion

    By Karl Ege - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, STZ, VCO

    For more than one decade from 1992 to 2005, Constellation’s stock performance proved truly impressive and a boon to shareholders. From 2005 until May 2012, however, its performance turned negative producing a 34% slide ending the preceding shining glory. Following the announcement of a potential deal with Anheuser Busch that would give control of the production of Corona (and other Modelo beers sold in the US) to Constellation, the more »

  • A Brewer With Solid Growth Prospects

    By Piyush Arora - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO

    There’s a saying that goes:  "When the economic conditions are bad, people drink to forget their miseries. And when the economic conditions are good, they drink to celebrate their joy!" With this thesis, brewers are often mistaken for defensive plays that deliver steady returns over time.

    Shares of Diageo (ADR) (NYSE: DEO) have risen 26% over the last year, and have not only outperformed the defensive space but also more »

  • Drink Up: Investing in Wine and Spirits

    By Marie Flanigan - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, STZ

    My last blog post about beer, available here, got me thinking about other options for investing in companies that manufacture and/or distribute beer, wine, and liquor. Not surprisingly, most vineyards, breweries, and distilleries are privately owned. However, there are some options for investors to consider.

    As with beer, wine and spirits are good for all occasions whether sad or joyous, so these companies can be good, solid, long-term investments more »

  • Keeping It Nice and Simple with Jim Beam

    By Matthew Luke - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO, PDRDY.PK

    Do not make investing your own money a complicated endeavor. Sometimes we can fall into the investing trap that a complicated, difficult to understand investment is somehow the equivalent of a good investment. And sometimes it can be a good investment, but often it isn’t. Often it is the simplest things in life that make for the best long-term investments.

    Try this one: No matter where we live in more »

  • If You Want to Make the Most Money, Buy the Best Liquor

    By Ken McGaha - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO

    After a difficult day or to celebrate success, when you’re a little bit down or even feeling your best, when the economy’s booming or bad times are looming, there’s one kind of product we’re sure to be consuming: alcohol! Can anyone think of any other substance consumed on such a widespread basis for such a wide variety of situations as alcohol? Can anyone think of a more »

  • Drink Up: Investing in Wine and Spirits

    By Marie Flanigan - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, STZ

    My last blog post about beer, available here, got me thinking about other options for investing in companies that manufacture and/or distribute beer, wine and liquor. Not surprisingly, most vineyards, breweries and distilleries are privately owned, however there are some options for investors to consider. Like beer, wine and spirits are good for all occasions whether sad or joyous, so these companies can be good, solid, long-term investments. 

    Brown-Forman more »

  • Boring Liquor's Exciting Opportunities

    By Matthew Luke - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, BF-B, DEO, HNZ, PDRDY.PK

    Boring companies can be some of the most exciting investment opportunities. When I say “boring" companies, I mean the types of companies that sell the types of products that have existed mostly unchanged for decades, if not longer. When looking for these types of boring investments, it does not get much more boring than the alcoholic beverage industry. Despite being boring, this industry is not entirely without a little excitement more »

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