Flowers Foods, Inc.

  • Why A Medical Group's Decision Could Be Bullish For Snack Foods

    By BA McKenna - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BGS, FLO, SJM, LNCE

    In a controversial move, the American Medical Association, or AMA, voted on June 18 to classify obesity as a "disease."

    I don't doubt that many AMA members have good intentions (others' motives are, perhaps, not so pure). However, I think the move is ill-advised.

    Investment implications: the law of unintended consequences

    When there's a major policy change -- either governmental or influential industry group -- there are usually investment implications more »

  • Will This Food Business March Higher After a Solid Run?

    By Anh HOANG - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, FLO, GIS

    Shareholders of Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) must be quite happy as its share price has been on the rise, climbing from $19.20 per share in November 2012 to nearly $35 per share, a whopping 82.3% gain. Zacks has also ranked the company as a #1 (Strong Buy). As of March 2013, Steven Cohen also owned nearly 370,000 shares of Flowers Foods in his portfolio. Should investors buy more »

  • A Fine Investing Afternoon: Flowers & Chocolates in a Treehouse

    By Michael Ugulini - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: FLO, HSY, THS

    It may be well past Valentine's Day, but flowers and chocolates are doing their best to woo investors their own way. The recent financial releases of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) and The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) should make investors stop and consider what these companies have to offer as part of an investment portfolio.

    Rosy Sales

    Operating 44 bakeries, Flowers Foods is the second-largest producer and marketer of more »

  • Everyone Has to Eat: Consider These Food Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, FLO, SYY

    It’s an old adage, but it remains true:  everyone has to eat.  And even a simple phrase such as that has some value that can be applied to investing.  Some of the best stocks over long periods of time are those that sell products people can’t easily live without.  Food certainly qualifies as something we can’t do without, and as a result, the following is a list more »

  • Companies Making Bids For a Great Brand

    By Mike Thiessen - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: APO, FLO, MDLZ

    Thomasville, Georgia-based snack maker Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) has entered a formal bid to acquire a host of now-defunct baked-goods manufacturer Hostess Brands' assets and product lines. Although the deal includes bids for such iconic brands as Wonder Bread and Beefcake, it does not include an allowance for Hostess's infamous Twinkies brand. While the $390 million asset purchase appears attractive on its face, it may soon face competition from more »

  • The Gloves Are Off for Retailers in 2013

    By Gerelyn Terzo - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, FLO, TGT, WMT

    Demand for the Italy's Missoni fashion brand at discount retailer Target (NYSE: TGT) was enough to cause the big-box retailer's website to crash in 2011. Now the fate of the brand is uncertain as a plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, the chief executive of the family business, went missing off the Venezuela coast last weekend of January 4.

    Missoni was founded by Ottavio Missoni, Vittorio's 91-year old father more »

  • Does the World Need the Twinkie?

    By Robert Hanley - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: CPB, FLO, WFM

    In November, Hostess Brands received court approval to close its doors and sell off assets after it failed to reach an amicable agreement with its striking bakers’ union.  The company was already operating under bankruptcy for the second time in the last ten years, due to a combination of poor management decisions, restrictive labor practices, and a heavy debt load.  Despite its operating troubles, the company’s history dates back more »

  • A Balanced Look at Smart Balance

    By Eric Novinson - December 4, 2012 | Tickers: BNNY, BDBD, FLO, HAIN

    Smart Balance (NASDAQ: BDBD) offers rapid growth and exposure to the health food market, but these benefits come with some risks because of the tradeoffs necessary to support this growth. The company currently has some significant valuation and balance sheet related weaknesses, and its diversification plans could also lead to more competition. A SWOT analysis provides a broader overview of Smart Balance that illustrates some of this company's most more »

  • The Winter Drought: Wheat Prices and Your Portfolio

    By Jon Quast - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: FLO, GIS, JJSF, K, MDLZ

    This past summer was a dry one.  Not dry in the boring sense of the word.  Dry as in the no water normal sense of the word.  Farmers, meteorologists, scientists, and investors alike all sat and watched what happened as the worst US drought in 50 years grabbed a hold of the country.  This caused food prices to rise, especially corn and soybean.  Companies like Buffalo Wild Wings and Tyson more »

  • This Bakery is Getting Expensive

    By Anh HOANG - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: CPB, FLO, SLE

    Beaten down companies can create investment opportunities. That is why I am interested in stocks approaching their 52 week lows, or stocks which have plunged recently. I have noticed a decent bakery that has consistently delivered a double-digit return on equity since 2005. It is Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO). The stock has experienced quite a few ups and downs, but in a narrow range. That is why it is considered more »

  • Who Gets Hostess?

    By Kyle Spencer - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: FLO, K, MDLZ | Editor's Choice

    Goodbye, Wonder Bread®Goodbye, Twinkies®, Ding Dongs®, Ho Hos®, Suzy Q's®, CupCakes, Sno Balls ® and Mini Muffins®.

    Mighty Hostess has finally closed its doors.

    If there was ever proof that grand multinational Illuminati cabals do not exist  – that no one is secretly running the world behind the facade of democratically elected governments –  it would be the sudden implosion of Hostess Brands.

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    Poor Twinkies®. The creme-filled more »

  • Death of Twinkie and the Zombie Apocalypse

    By Jean-Marc Saint - November 19, 2012 | Tickers: EBAY, FLO, GIS, KRFT, WN

    Do you remember the movie about that guy in a coma? Anyway, he'd been in coma for about a month and when the movie opens he's waking up out of it. He can't find anyone in the hospital or on the street to ask for help. In fact, once he travels enough, he discovers the majority of the city is populated with the undead, rabid zombies looking more »

  • So Who's Picking Up the Twinkies?

    By John Casteele - November 19, 2012 | Tickers: FLO, K, MDLZ

    By now you've probably heard about the decision by Hostess Brands to liquidate its assets in the face of nationwide strikes. If you're like me then your day has been filled with Facebook memes, Twinkie jokes, and the occasional quote from Zombieland. What you might have missed, however, is the speculation about the future of Hostess' products; while a lot of people are talking about the "death" of more »

  • Make Your Portfolio Shine With This Stock

    By Himanshu Poddar - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: BGS, FLO, GIS

    Economic slowdown and weak demand has been a concern for food companies. Also, increasing commodity costs have been cruel to the food industry players, making their battle even worse. However, amidst all the problems there is one shining star that has been an incredible performer. Flower Foods (NYSE: FLO), which provides bakery products in the United States, has been a great company and is making the right moves to outperform more »

  • Cheap Peanuts Could Mean Profits for Smuckers

    By Eric Novinson - October 30, 2012 | Tickers: FLO, SJM, UN

    Farmers have lots of peanuts to sell in 2012, even after the drought withered many other crops. The Associated Press reported that crop levels could be as much as two thirds higher than last year, which could mean cheaper peanuts for peanut buyers. With other food costs skyrocketing, Smuckers (NYSE: SJM) could attract shoppers with cheap peanut butter and rack up higher sales.

    The gigantic peanut crop could change some more »

  • This Flower Might Prove To Be a Beautiful One for Your Portfolio

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 28, 2012 | Tickers: BGS, FLO, GIS, KRFT

    Though overall spending in the economy has been picking up pace over the last few months, worries of retailers seem to be endless. The food industry has been struggling to fight many other problems apart from soft demand. The most significant one in this context has been the rising commodity cost which is playing the role of a major roadblock for the food industry.

    Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO), specializing in more »

  • 5 Dividend Stocks Paying Cold, Hard Cash

    By Michael French - January 17, 2012 | Tickers: ADP, FLO, GD, MCD, NOC

    Companies that are generating positive cash flow and sharing dividends with shareholders should be at the forefront of every investor's mind. Companies demonstrate profit on their books, which fuels the market price. Although profits can be generated from financial engineering, cash flow from operations or dividends to shareholders cannot be manipulated. Good quality dividends are a proxy for measuring a company's health, and  dividend growth augurs well for more »