• Will This Beverage Giant Continue its Bullish Run

    By Rohit Gupta - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: KO, KOF, PEP

    With current market share of 42%, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) leads the global carbonated beverage market. However, its core carbonated drink business faced headwinds in the U.S. with the increasing shift towards health conscious drinks. This was evident in the 2013 second quarter earnings report. The company's revenue from the U.S. decreased to $5.713 billion from $5.797 billion in second quarter of 2012. Also, Coca-Cola’s more »

  • It's Time to Go Easy on This Energy Drink Maker

    By Eshna De - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: KO, MNST, PEP

    The recent performance of Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) is a signal that things are slowing down for this energy drinks maker. It is not that the company has fared very poorly, but its revenue and earnings misses in the second quarter indicated that its momentum has eased, which triggered a sell-off. 

    Investors have always loved this stock as it provides rare exposure to the growing energy drinks sector (Red Bull more »

  • Don’t Be Fooled: This Industry is Still a Solid Investment

    By Marie Palumbo - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    “Have a Coke and a smile.”

    There is nothing better than cracking open an ice-cold Coca-Cola on a hot summer day. Consumers can’t help but smile while indulging in the famous soft drink. For more than a century, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) spread its empire, building a brand universally recognized around the world. Likewise, PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) was successful in creating a beloved drink that reaches around the globe.

    Lately more »

  • 3 Dividend Stocks That Will Quench Your Thirst

    By Karin Hernandez - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    When it's 100 degrees outside and the sun is beating down, an ice-cold beverage might be just what you need to cool you off. On the other hand, a dividend-paying beverage stock might be exactly the thing to heat up your portfolio. Whether you prefer to quaff soda or “pop,” there are choices among income-generating companies that are sure to suit.

    I’ve been writing about dividend-paying companies for more »

  • A Great Company Hiding Inside of an Average One

    By Chad Henage - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Investors seem to love PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), and the company’s improved performance is obvious in certain areas. Since the company is doing well and recently increased its dividend yet again, it’s understandable that the shares have performed well. That being said, there are several things that PepsiCo investors need to realize, not the least of which is that their company should be doing so much better.

    Years and more »

  • Finding Profits in Brand Loyalty

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, GOOG, MSFT

    Every long-term investor dreams about investing in companies with durable competitive advantages. However, with over 15,000 companies traded publicly, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    In my article, A Formula You Can Profit From, I explain the linkage between pricing power and profit. Having unique selling point is crucial, but sustaining pricing power is complex, and few companies have been able to do it more »

  • 4 Reasons to Sell This Stock

    By Chad Henage - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, MNST, PEP

    I’m all for investing in growth companies, and I’m also not afraid to invest in companies that sell for a premium to their expected growth rate. However, there is a fine line between a strong belief in a company’s ability to grow, and delusional hope because you don’t want to be wrong. For Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST) investors, it seems like delusion is driving the stock more »

  • Prepare for the Worst With Beverages

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Despite the economy appearing to be charging forward, it is always a solid idea to add stability to your portfolio. Do this by insulating your investments from a recession in case an economic slowdown reveals its ugly bearish head. Beverage companies are a surefire way to add stability to your portfolio in case of a recession. After all, people still need to drink when the economy is in the gutter more »

  • Dr. Pepper Sees Expansion Differently

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    The top 3 non-alcoholic beverage companies in America aren't on a level playing field, but one company is coming out of the nowhere to challenge the big 2 at their own game. Now could be the beginning of something big for this company, so shareholders should get ready for the ride.

    Dr. Pepper is expanding the smart way

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is competing with two giants more »

  • 5 Reasons This Blue Chip Will Continue to Outperform

    By Chad Henage - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, MNST, PEP

    You would think that a company with arguably the best brand name in the world might be content to rest on its laurels. If you say the name Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) to almost anyone worldwide, there is instant name recognition. In addition, with several of the top brands worldwide, Coca-Cola isn’t just a one trick pony. What’s amazing is that this iconic company is actually moving away from more »

  • Want to Make Profits? Just Open Your Fridge

    By Rishabh Jain - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    With a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day, the world’s largest beverage company with more than 500 sparkling and still brands recently reported a lackluster quarter. But looking at the company’s future prospects, it seems that Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) has the potential to stay on your portfolio and in your fridge for a long time.

    The bottle opener

    Coca-Cola reported its second-quarter results on more »

  • Is The Market Ripe For a Crash?

    By Bob Ciura - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: KO, JNJ, PG

    The S&P 500 Index is up 19% to start the year--an impressive return that has not been without its share of doubters. The chorus of market pessimists only gets louder as the market climbs the wall of worry, and with less-than-stellar underlying earnings growth, some observers are really starting to get nervous.

    Taking all this into account, there’s just one question left for investors to answer: is the more »

  • Can These Stocks Pop? Or Will They Go Flat?

    By Justin Pope - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    Soda has been an American staple for several decades now. Over the last few years however, the obesity epidemic (rightly or wrongly depending on who you ask) has brought soda under fire socially. As a result soda sales are slowing, and the earnings of the industry giants are stalling a bit. But does this mean soda companies are no longer worth investing in? This look into the major players may more »

  • A Legendary Growth Investor Keeps Buying These Stocks

    By Ted Cooper - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BCR, KO, SYY

    Donald Yacktman, manager of his eponymous $21 billion mutual fund company, has compounded his clients' money at 10.1% per annum over the last two decades -- the S&P 500 returned just over 8% in the same period. So when Yacktman buys a stock, investors should take note.

    Yacktman combines the best features of growth and value investing by purchasing growing companies at low prices. He looks for good businesses more »

  • Tiptoeing Back Into Stocks

    By Justin Carley - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, KO, WMT

    Do you want to eat well or sleep well? This old Wall Street saying is just as relevant now as it ever was. The implication being that you can take on more risk and earn the returns needed to eat well, but volatility will keep you awake at night. Or you can sleep well knowing your investments won’t lose money, but returns will be tiny. The chart below highlights more »

  • This Disruptive Growth Company Still Has Upside Potential

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: KO, GMCR, PEP, SODA

    SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA) exploded 15% last week after the company crushed earnings expectations and increased its guidance for the rest of the year. But, even after this move higher, the stock is trading at reasonable valuation levels considering its growth opportunities. As long as the company continues to deliver solid performance, there is still plenty of upside potential for investors.

    Sparkling performance

    SodaStream is trying to revolutionize the carbonated drinks more »

  • This Company Beat Estimates and Raised Guidance...Yet Again

    By Brian Shaw - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: KO, GMCR, SODA

    SodaStream International (NASDAQ: SODA) has done it again. By "it," I mean beat analysts expectations, raise guidance for the remainder of the year, and continue to strengthen its position as a disruptor in the largely complacent carbonated beverage industry. So much for Oppenheimer's recent downgrade citing valuation concerns and a "choppy" second quarter. This article will take a look at how recent developments have impacted the long-term investment thesis more »

  • Are the Beverage Giants Worried About This Upstart?

    By Robert Hanley - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP, SODA

    The top two U.S. global beverage giants, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), have annual advertising budgets that are larger than SodaStream’s (NASDAQ: SODA) annual sales total.  However, growth in their unit sales volumes have stalled out, including in the important North American market, as more consumers search for healthier options than the traditional sugary carbonated beverages.  While the beverage giants have added fruit juices and premium more »

  • A Closer Look at Berkshire Hathaway's Second-Quarter Results

    By Anh HOANG - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, KO, WFC

    Warren Buffett could be considered the greatest investor of all time. Nobody could beat him when it comes to investing results. Under his leadership and his capital allocation talent, Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) operating performance has kept growing, leading to magnificent share price growth, from only $15 per share in 1965 to $176,500 per share at the time of writing, marking an incredible annualized gain of 21.5 more »

  • 4 Reasons to Invest in This Beverage Giant

    By William Bias - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, PEP

    On July 16, beverage giant Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) turned in some pretty disappointing numbers. Revenue declined 3% while free cash flow crept up a mere 48 basis points. Management blamed global economic conditions, weather, and environmental conditions for its plight. Probably, the question on your mind: “Is Coca-Cola still a viable long-term investment?” The answer is yes and here’s why.

    Non-soda future

    While Coca-Cola’s sparkling volume remained flat more »

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