Dole Food Company, Inc.

  • What Will Happen With a Better Offer on the Table?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    According to recent reports, produce distributor Dole Foods's (NYSE: DOLE) long-running bidding war may finally be nearing an end. After trying unsuccessfully to take the firm private with a rather low offer for the bulk of its outstanding shares, CEO David Murdock upped his bid significantly and won the unanimous approval of Dole's board. Although this deal is still subject to customary closing conditions like a shareholder approval more »

  • Is This Food Company a Buy Right Now?

    By ANUP SINGH - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Shares of Dole Food (NYSE: DOLE) have gone up as much as 15% this year, but most of that jump came in early June after the company's CEO offered to buy out the company for $12 per share. However, its recently released second- quarter results were not outstanding. The company saw a rise in its revenue, but a fall in its earnings. It has been adopting various strategic expansion more »

  • Monkey Business in the Banana Fields

    By Mike Thiessen - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Dole Food Company (NYSE: DOLE) has been producing, marketing and distributing fresh vegetables and fruits to Americans for over a century. With a core focus on bananas and pineapples, it also markets packaged fruit, salads and freshly packed vegetables. Shareholders of the company went bananas when they came to learn that its own CEO David Murdock had made an offer to purchase the entire company. A point to note is more »

  • 1 Company to Go Bananas For

    By Erin McBride - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    A few years ago I heard a fascinating story on NPR regarding the future of bananas. Fascinating? Yes, in fact, it was. In short, there is a disease killing Cavendish banana plants, the preferred mass market banana that most individuals in the modern world eat on a regular basis. A decade ago it was predicted that Cavendish bananas would be extinct by now. I’ve watched the largest banana retailers more »

  • Is Dole Food's Offer Cheap?

    By Anh HOANG - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Dole Food (NYSE: DOLE) has recently received a buyout offer from its 90-year-old chairman and CEO, billionaire David Murdock. He would like to acquire around 60% of the company at around $12 per share in cash, valuing Dole Food at around $1.5 billion in enterprise value. The offer came in at around 18% premium to its pre-offer trading price. Interestingly, Dole Food’s share price has moved above Murdock more »

  • Why Fruits and Vegetables Should Not Be Part of a Balanced Portfolio

    By Leo Sun - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP | Editor's Choice

    Shares of Dole Food Company (NYSE: DOLE), the world’s largest producer and seller of fruit and vegetables, surged 22% on June 11, after CEO David Murdock made an offer to take the company private for $12 per share. What does this sudden move mean for the rest of the fruit and vegetables industry, which includes Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE: FDP) and Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB)?

    Is being taken more »

  • Which Summer Staples Belong in Your Portfolio?

    By Hunter Hillman - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, DOLE, NATH

    It’s finally starting to feel like summer—temperatures crested 90 degrees in New York this week, and baseball season is in full swing. Nothing says summer quite like a hot dog, a cold beer, and a fruit salad, and that’s why this article will focus on Nathan’s Famous (NASDAQ: NATH)Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD), and Dole Food (NYSE: DOLE).

    One of my favorite techniques when deciding what more »

  • This Share Buyback Plan Suspension Is Not Attractive

    By Anh HOANG - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    The market does not seem to be happy with Dole Food’s (NYSE: DOLE) recent decision of suspending its buyback. Its share price dropped nearly 6% right after the company announced that it would cease the recently announced $200 million share repurchase program to upgrade its own vessel fleet and acquire three new refrigerated container ships. Should investors buy Dole Food after this announcement? Let’s find out.

    Business snapshot more »

  • Is Now the Time to Get Into This Stock?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Dole Food Company (NYSE: DOLE) presents an interesting opportunity for investors following its most recent announcements. The company delivered a news on May 28, the impact of which could be compared to that of a double-edged sword. It was both good and bad for investors. However, I tend to lean on the good side more, considering the company’s current position. Dole made two consecutive announcements sending its shares down more »

  • Money Does Grow on Trees After All

    By Matthew Luke - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AGRO, CRESY, DOLE, LAND, LMNR

    The United Nations projects that by 2050 the earth’s population will increase by 2.25 billion to over 9.15 billion people. Most of that population growth will occur in the emerging countries, where people consume (not by choice) far fewer calories than developed nations like the United States. About 2.3 billion people live in countries where the average calories consumed are less than 2,500 a day more »

  • Restructuring Plan Has Been Good for This Stock, But Will It Last?

    By Mike Thiessen - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) finds itself in the throes of a major restructuring plan that has sent its stock price soaring by more than 40 percent. The plan was announced in response to years of sagging profitability, cost pressures, and internal turmoil. Although the produce business is relatively uncomplicated, it is a notoriously low-margin affair that can be greatly affected by weather, transportation problems, fuel costs, labor unrest, and more »

  • The Companies That Will Be Most Affected If Food Prices Spike

    By Daniel Cawrey - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: DOLE, MCD, PEP

    If you believe the forecasts of Jim Rogers, then you might be a proponent of his theory that food prices are going to soar. We all know that rising food prices are a fact of life, but Rogers think that the price of food is going to move higher than the rate of inflation. 

    Why? He sees agriculture as a market that is in disarray. A lack of farmers, a more »

  • Betting on This Turnaround With Nearly 40% Upside Potential

    By Anh HOANG - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, DOLE, FDP

    Since the beginning of the year, Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) has experienced some volatility. Its stock price dropped from $8.25 per share to only $6.10 per share in March 4, then it bounced back to more than $7.20 at the time of writing.

    Interestingly, in the middle of March, Chiquita’s president and CEO purchased 50,800 shares of the company at an average price of more »

  • 3 Companies Insiders Love

    By Mohsin Saeed - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: AEGR, DOLE, JNS

    An interesting method of assessing the direction a stock can take is by monitoring insider purchases. This is because company insiders hold information about catalysts and industry trends, which is not available to other investors. Institutional investors also have vast resources at their disposal to assess the potential of stocks.

    This makes following insider and institutional buying trends an effective investment strategy. The following few companies have seen significant insider more »

  • Dole Poised for a New Era of Growth

    By Arturo Cuevas - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: DOLE, TFM, WFM

    Dole Food (NYSE: DOLE) definitely deserves a slot in the watch list of punters these days. Come this April, close to $1.7 billion in cash will be infused into this company which produces, markets, and distributes fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. By that month, Dole would have completed the sale of its Asian fresh produce and its worldwide packaged foods operations to the Itochu conglomerate of Japan. Itochu’s more »

  • 3 Appetizing Food Companies for Return Hungry Investors

    By Josh Kohn-Lindquist - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: DOLE, HRL, UNFI, WFM

    Confined to an industry that is famous for its low margins, most food companies are seen as "recession proof holdings", or slow growing behemoths with little chance of bringing large returns to investors.  Often heavily indebted, these food stocks rely on their wide moat to raise cash for debt payments or to make acquisitions.  Their straightforward "people need food and we sell it" mantra must certainly leave a few investors more »

  • Is This Egg In The Basket?

    By Mihir Mehta - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: CALM, DOLE, GIS, MDLZ

    For decades, this company has served scores of people across the globe, who consume its products on a daily basis. Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ: CALM) is the largest fresh egg producer in the United States; selling eggs to supermarket chains, food distributors, egg product manufacturers as well marketed under brand names Cal-Maine, Farmhouse among others.

    The Number Game

    Cal-Maine beat street estimates on revenue, but missed expectations on the earnings per more »

  • A Cheap Commodity Stock with Upside Potential

    By Ishfaque Faruk - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: CQB, CORE, DOLE, FDP, SYY

    A great long term investment requires a look at a company's business prospects from various angles. In my previous post on Fresh Del Monte (NYSE: FDP), I highlighted why Fresh Del Monte will benefit from struggling competitors, primarily based on its much stronger relative position in the fresh produce space. It operates in a generic agricultural commodity marketplace, however, Fresh Del Monte has separated itself from the pack with more »

  • New Rules Could Be Worse, but They Still Aren't Good

    By Reuben Brewer - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: CVGW, CQB, DOLE, FDP

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's rules can throw a ratchet into a company's operations if the agency requires big, expensive-to-make changes. The recent round of deadly food based outbreaks left a big question mark about FDA action. With two proposed rules out for comment, the impact of a shift from a reactionary to a proactive stance may be less serious than feared for some companies, though others are likely to feel a bigger pinch.

  • Despite "Fiscal Cliff," Fundamentals Still Win

    By Joshua Graham - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: DOLE, ZIP.DL2

    For the past four months we have heard of this looming "fiscal cliff" that we might fall off of like a Mission Impossible stunt gone wrong.  Fear gripped some, followed by optimism once Congress announced they had reached a deal.  But what does this fairytale cliff really mean?  Nothing.  Fundamentals are still the most important factor.  They tell the real story.  Investors and traders who keep fundamentals at the forefront more »

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