Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) may not sound as interesting as some aggressive growth stocks, but its safe, strong cash flow should'nt be ignored either.
In the past 6 months the bleach manufacturer has only produced returns of 2.86%. This market price stagnation could make some investors doubt about the intrinsic value of the company. But how valuable is Clorox?
Well recognized, strong brand
Quality is a crucial more »
One of the less-talked about consumer-stable stocks is Clorox (NYSE: CLX), however it could easily be the best. This $11-billion market cap producer of household cleaning and specialty food products is mostly overshadowed by the likes of Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL), both with market caps in excess of $50 billion.
But the beauty about Clorox is that it pays one of the highest dividend yields in the industry more »
Despite challenging macro-economic conditions, the global fast moving consumer goods, or FMCG, industry has grown consistently over the last few years due to continuous engagement in innovation and expansion moves. Three FMCG companies have strong potential for long-term growth due to their strategies to capitalize on industry growth.
Strong foothold in OTC products
Investing in companies that make consumer based products represent an optimal strategy due to five qualities:
1. Produce needed products integral to modern clean living
2. Immune to obsolescence unlike technology companies
3. Generate repeat business which means consumers use the products up in short order and need to buy more repeatedly.
4. If needed, minor price adjustments can make up for volume losses
5. Simple to understand and interpret more »
The American Cleaning Institute includes more than 100 manufacturers that are producing nearly 90% of all cleaning products. This industry has an annual market of nearly $30 billion in the U.S. The companies in this industry are adopting various strategic steps to deepen their foothold in other growing markets, while also diversifying cleaning product portfolios and acquiring other fast growing business segments.
Let's take a look at three more »
WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC), with its headquarters in San Diego, is a global consumer-products company committed to delivering unique, high-value, and easy-to-use solutions for a wide variety of maintenance needs of "doers" and "on-the-job" users. So one can expect the company's products to be widely used in various applications, which means that it has a moat around its business.
Its recent results confirm the fact, and with WD-40's brands more »
As a dividend growth investor, I look to compound my gains through companies that consistently increase their dividends. However, there is more to it than finding a company that pays out a juicy amount. If you invest in companies that are growing their dividends rapidly, your income stream will compound faster.
Let's take a look at some companies that fit this criteria. We will examine dividend growth rates over more »
We remain in the very early innings of a reversal in the secular bear market in stocks and the secular bull market in bonds. The S&P 500 continues to maintain double-digit gains for the year whereas bonds have actually posted a slightly negative return in the first half of the year. Stocks are poised to notably outperform bonds for the remainder of the decade. Investors should continue to look more »
WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is best-known for its WD-40 lubricant and sprays that we all have under the sink or in the garage. The company also makes hand cleaners, carpet cleaners, bathroom cleaning sprays, toilet bowl cleaners. Its brands besides WD-40 include 3-IN-ONE, BLUE WORKS, Spot Shot, X-14, 2000 Flushes, Lava, Carpet Fresh, Solvol, no vac, and 1001.
WD-40 blew away earnings expectations for the third quarter. Earnings more »
At the end of June, several independent directors of Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) purchased more than 7,700 shares of the company at around $61.70 per share with the total transaction worth more than $476,000. Since the beginning of the year, Church & Dwight has gained nearly 15.3% on the market, a bit higher than the S&P 500’s return of 14.4%. Should investors follow those more »
A growing awareness of the health benefits of using condoms during sex is driving the sales of female and male condoms worldwide, creating profits for companies in North America and Europe.
The vast majority of condom sales are traditional latex condoms for men. In recent years, however, women have sought ways to protect themselves against sexually-transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. To that end, many are now using female condoms.
Condoms more »
B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) just announced plans to buy Robert's American Gourmet Food, best known for its Pirates Booty brand. This is likely to be another in a long series of solid acquisitions for this brand extension expert.
Little Company, Big Brands
B&G started life with a collection of smaller brands that are dominant in their niches. Pickles and molasses are two examples. The company, however, quickly more »
If the best offense is having a great defense, then the following companies are at the top of the game. While sports might frown upon chemically enhanced athletes, chemically enhanced portfolios are a different story. Some of the best stocks you can ever own long-term with little risk are the ones that produce products you see and use everyday no matter the economic conditions or where you live.
This one more »
The world’s largest consumer products company, with operations in more than 180 countries, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has seen its shares rise 13.96% year to date, under-performing the Dow Jones Industrial Average by only 1.86% over that time span.
P&G's core business is divided into two main segments, Beauty & Grooming and Household Care. The company's brand portfolio includes 25 billion dollar brands, with 50 more »
The cleaning and disinfectants industry is led by well-established players with strong market-share positions in each category. However, intense competition from peers on the basis of pricing, new product introductions and promotional activities is becoming a threat and could put a cap on profits. The failure to provide high-quality differentiated products at competitive prices damages the companies’ market share and consequently top-line and bottom-line performance.
Strong fundamentals remain despite a more »
Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) is a diversified manufacturer of consumer favorites, seen in probably every household across the country. The company's deep portfolio is home to iconic brands such as Oxi Clean, Arm & Hammer, Nair, XTRA, and Trojan. to name a few. In this article, I would like to focus on the potential profits available to the company, should it decide to penetrate international markets with its Trojan brand more »
Editor's Note: This article has been amended to correct Dupont's dividend history. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.
Many dividend-seeking investors like to screen for sky-high yielding companies when looking for their next possible investment opportunity. While there is nothing inherently wrong about this strategy, high yields alone can often mean little if the company lacks the financial strength to maintain and continually increase their dividend payouts. Some more »
Prospector Opportunity Fund (POPFX) is a top ranked fund by Morningstar (five stars). Although it is a decent fund in good markets, it is the down markets in which it excels by protecting investors from the steep losses that its peers often experience. Three companies the fund's managers like for their combination of upside potential and downside protection are Platinum Underwriters (NYSE: PTP), Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN), and Church more »
Hedge fund managers meet at the annual Sohn Conference, where they pitch their favorite ideas to raise money for pediatric cancer.
This year, Bill Ackman brought forth a simple idea, one which won't draw him criticism like his Herbalife short last December.
Ackman says Procter & Gamble is a top pick
Last year, Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) CEO Jim Craigie focused on six key metrics he wanted to improve throughout the year. He called the initiative “fix the six.” After a successful 2012 saw the company’s stock climb 20%, shares have nearly added another 20%.
Most of this success can be attributed to Craigie’s initiative last year to fix the six. The company has kept it up so far more »
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