• Two of These Three Firms Have a Lock on Emerging Markets

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AVP, CL, EL

    While the developing world hasn't shown the type of prosperity many economists predicted, no one said that growth would happen overnight. So despite the recent stagnant growth in these nations, it is still important for consumer goods companies to establish their footing now in order to realize the massive profits that will come when these economies really gain momentum.

    Estee Lauder is already profiting in Africa

    Estee Lauder Companies more »

  • Hacks for Your Portfolio

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, CLX

    "Hacking" your portfolio is a good thing. A life hack is a new term for making life easier and as stressful as investing can be, some basic things to remember can keep you off the Xanax and tequila.

    • Best of breed
    • Get some yield
    • Know the field.

    If you can buy a stock that is the best of its industry, offers some yield, and is in a field you either more »

  • Dissecting Debt

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, CL, WIN

    Debt can be toxic and helpful. There is nothing wrong with using leverage to improve returns, as long as this leverage is sustainable. Foolish investors should avoid investing in companies with lots of debt as they can be very dangerous. However, if a company's debt is sustainable, and it has only borrowed heavily to increase returns then investors can rest easy.

    So, here I am going to dissect the more »

  • Are These Three Global Consumer Giants Good Investment Opportunities?

    By Anh HOANG - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Since the beginning of July, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has consistently risen on the market. The company has gone from $78 per share to $81.40 per share, marking a nearly 4.4% increase in just over a month. The positive momentum is expected to continue, along with good fourth quarter sales results. Let’s take a closer look to see whether or not P&G is a decent bet more »

  • This Stock Is Cleaning Up Nicely

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, CL, CLX

    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 »

  • Three Stocks to Own Forever

    By Ted Cooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, CL, PEP

    Ever since Warren Buffett made his conversion to owning great businesses, he has stressed that his favorite holding period is forever. Great businesses re-invest growth within their moats, thereby compounding shareholder value at a high rate for a long time.

    It hardly matters what price you pay for a truly exceptional business in 2013; it will have created so much value by 2043 that your purchase price will not have more »

  • 3 Reasons I’m Bearish on This Household-Name Stock

    By Marie Palumbo - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: CL, JCP, KMB, PG, CLX

    It might be about time to gear up for a short -- or at least time to take some profits off the table. Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) made the decision to rehire its old CEO, A.J. Lafley, to replace his handpicked successor Robert McDonald. I see this as a call for concern, given Lafley’s track record as CEO.

    P&G is a great company that likely will be around more »

  • Will a CEO Transition Help This Company to Regain Its Lost Ground?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) recent quarterly results were discouraging, with the company falling short on both sales and margin numbers. To arrest this decline, Procter & Gamble re-appointed A.G. Lafley as the new CEO. He has a great task at hand to revive the company's fortunes and he has to stand up to high investor expectations. Let’s take a look on Procter and Gamble's future prospects more »

  • These Stocks Are Expensive According to Several Metrics

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CL, RAI, HSY

    The market as a whole could be overvalued, or depending on who you listen to, the market is still undervalued. Whatever the case, there are lots of individual stocks on the market that appear overvalued based on their own historic valuations and in relation to their peers.

    Although it is difficult to decipher whether or not the market is overvalued, or indeed undervalued, it is possible to gauge to a more »

  • Why This Stock Has High Dividend and Revenue Potential

    By Anjum Khan - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is a leading consumer product company. The company operates in beauty, grooming, health care, fabric care, home care, baby care and family care. Not only its vast diversification, but also its huge geographical spread make it a common household name. Let us see how the company is expanding and how it will prove to be a good investment opportunity.


    In terms of financial fundamentals, the more »

  • 3 Consumer Companies for Your Watchlist

    By William Bias - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, CL, WDFC

    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 »

  • It Is Not The Right Time to Invest in This Stock!

    By Mihir Mehta - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, CLX

    How would the idea of going on an adventure without any safety equipment whatsoever sound to you? Many would call it completely absurd. While investing in stock markets is not completely an adventure, it is definitely an activity that entails some risk and calls for some safety measures. It is always prudent to have some safe investments in your portfolio that allow you to trade with confidence and satisfaction. Clorox more »

  • Why This Household Product Maker Can Make Your Portfolio Sparkle

    By Matthew Frankel - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CL, KMB, PG

    In continuing a theme, I want to write about another company that a lot of folks in my generation seem to think of as a “boring” and “dull” investment, when in fact it’s anything but. I have recently written about ExxonMobil and Johnson & Johnson as excellent long-term holdings, and today I want to focus on my favorite household product maker, Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB). I tell my friends that these more »

  • Procrastinators Can Still Join the Party in This Stock

    By Ted Cooper - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    One of the best strategies for part-time investors is to track successful hedge fund managers' holdings and pick which stocks look the most promising. Investors who followed Bill Ackman into Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) have already reaped large gains -- the stock is up nearly 33% since the legendary investor announced his hedge fund owned 1% of shares outstanding.

    However, despite the run-up in the stock price over the last year more »

  • A Bright Outlook Based on These 4 Measures

    By Chad Henage - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CL, KMB, PG, CLX

    When companies are about to report earnings, investors would do well to look at the prior earnings report to try and find trends that may continue over the next few quarters. With Colgate-Palmolive’s (NYSE: CL) earnings report right around the corner, there are four trends that shareholders should hope will continue.

    Growth and Income on a Global Scale
    There are two things that define Colgate-Palmolive’s current market position more »

  • Would You Rather Own Bonds or This Stock?

    By Justin Carley - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, CL, PG

    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 »

  • Can This Blue Chip Keep up the Turnaround?

    By Chad Henage - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CL, KMB, PG, CLX

    Questioning certain companies in today’s stock market is almost unheard of. When you think about names like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, or Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), many investors assume that all of these companies are stocks that they can buy at any price and hold forever. While it’s true that investors may be able to buy the shares at a decent price and tuck them away for many years more »

  • 4 Reasons to Give This Blue Chip Another Look

    By Chad Henage - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CL, KMB, PG, CLX

    Sometimes finding a winning investment is less about discovering the next big thing, and more about finding a good value in an already strong company. While a large blue chip stock like Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) won’t win a prize for the most exciting company, or the fastest growth rate, there is a lot to like about a company that makes money cleaning up other people’s messes.

    Goliath Versus more »

  • Why Unilever Is Betting on India

    By Kaitlyn Tokay - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PL, UL

    Unilever (NYSE: UL) is having a makeover in India. Recently, the consumer packaged goods company had a transitional shift in the Asia-Pacific region with the majority of its brands. With rival Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PL) cutting costs by $10 million by the end of 2016, this is an opportunity for Unilever to scale up in categories destined for growth. 

    Investment in India

    Investment in India is the key to Unilever more »

  • Why Is This Consumer Giant a Good Bet?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Unilever (NYSE: UL) is focused on expansion in emerging markets to capitalize on rapid growth. It has increased its stake in its Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Unilever. The company has added new villages to its Shakti program in India, and new perfect stores in Indonesia. Its sustainable living plan is helping it to retain customers and reduce waste as well as cost. Here is a detailed look:

    Increasing stake in more »

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