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Investing isn’t easy, and we all make mistakes that lead to painful losses. Yet even with these painful and sometimes expensive lessons, investing in stocks is still the best tool many of us will ever have to build long-term wealth. Let’s take a look at a common mistake many of us have made, and a long-term approach that’s sure to net better results for most investors.
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The consumer-defensive industry sells relatively low-priced products such as food, beverages, and personal hygiene products that consumers use in daily life. The demand for these products does not change with economic variability because people would not stop purchasing food and beverages despite the recession and slow economic growth. That’s why the consumer-defensive industry has outperformed the S&P 500 as a whole this year to date. Another reason to more »
Food manufacturers provide products needed during good times and bad. However, an investor who takes an ownership stake in a company without doing some research certainly represents a fool’s errand (note lowercase "F"). The three companies below represent some good ideas for your Motley Fool Watch List.
When looking for a company that will thrive long term, a good place to start is basic needs. One basic need is food. Everybody has to eat, right?
There are a handful of food and beverage companies that have provided great returns over a long period of time. We will examine some blue chip food and beverage companies to see which of them belong in your portfolio.
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America loves its fad diets, and now many consumers have latched on to gluten-free living. How many people are buying gluten-free products? Up to 3 million people need a gluten-free diet, but some estimates suggest that up to 35 million people are going gluten-free, not for health issues but as a new weight-loss plan.
Gluten-free eating isn't a lifestyle choice for many people, it's a daily requirement to more »
Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) produces weight-loss products, solutions, and services. On Friday, the company's shares sold off in high volume and the stock fell below $40 for the first time in years. Basically, all its gains for the last three years were erased in one day.
The company generated $465 million in revenue and $1.39 per share in earnings this last quarter. It had to take a $20 more »
B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) is a packaged and processed foods company with a number of brands and an impressive range of food products. Its strategy of growing through acquisitions has always helped it in increasing its customer base in its various markets in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
A look at the company's product portfolio reveals over 30 established brands like Mrs Dash, Cream Of Wheat more »
I can remember this last semester around finals time like a bad nightmare. Graveyard and swing shifts at the library, countless pots of coffee, cases of red bull, lots of No-Doz and the occasional Adderall upper. I didn't sleep for four days. Within that train wreck of a time was a full 18 units of pages upon pages of writing on some subject or another and a whole lot more »
This market presents a ripe environment for dividend paying stocks. With rising interest rates hurting bond valuations, dividends provide income that makes more sense than ever. If you feel the market is due for a correction, from its current record levels, dividend payers may also provide some of the safety you seek.
But not all dividend payers are created equal. We want dividend stocks that can increase their payment, so more »
The Consumer Defensive sector offers plenty of opportunities for dividend-seeking investors. Characterized by low volatility in its earnings and quite predictable growth paths, this is a choice for the risk-averse. The packaged foods industry, in particular, is one of the most predictable, while at the same time committed with sustainable growth and dividend payouts. Within this segment, I will look into three behemoths: General Mills (NYSE: GIS), Kraft (NASDAQ: KRFTmore »)
After delivering robust sales growth in the third quarter, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) raised its full year outlook, sending shares soaring more than 6%.
“Starbucks Q3 results represent the best across-the-board third quarter performance in our 42-year history,” CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement. Schultz also praised Starbucks’ mobile payment system (pay via smartphones) for speeding up service and keeping customers happy and coming back again and again.
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In the recession of recent days, the packaged food industry plans to minimize the economic loss through restructuring and cost saving measures. As of now, the economy is coming out of recession; companies in the packaged food industry are likely to grow their business by acquisitions, innovations, and emerging markets at a global level.
Many other factors are involved in fueling the growth for this industry. This industry is predicted more »
Last Month, General Mills (NYSE: GIS), the world's 9th-largest producer and marketer of packaged food and the 5th-largest in the United States, announced impressive FY13 results with 7% growth in the top line and 19% growth in its bottom line. As a result, the stock has seen some positive momentum and has traded up 7% over the last month.
General Mills is known for breakthroughs in food technology and more »
Kellogg (NYSE: K) is an impressive, brand-centric company. So let's go over some details and determine whether or not it's likely to enjoy future success. We'll also determine if Kellogg is likely to be a better investment option than its peers going forward.
An easy to understand situation
Kellogg’s biggest challenge has been cost inflation. From 2011 to early 2013, commodity costs have increased, which impeded more »
Kraft Food Group (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of the best companies operating in the packaged food industry. The industry is very price competitive. It is tough for companies operating in this industry to achieve both top and bottom line performance. However, this industry has several advantages over the economic situation, which is a strong pro for companies operating in this industry.
In the case of Kraft, it has shown amazing more »
Investing in dividend stocks is one of the best ways to build wealth over long periods of time. Businesses with the best track records of paying dividends for decades on end usually sell products that consumers buy regardless of the prevailing economic climate.
That’s why, despite what you might instinctively feel, the major cereal companies in the United States have long track records of handsomely rewarding their shareholders. Consumers more »
Breakfast cereal has been around since the 1890s. It's an everyday staple for people all around the globe. While investors are out searching for the next Netflix, more prudent investors are looking for the next company that will be around in the next 100 years. Technology comes and goes, but breakfast cereal is here to stay.
The first breakfast cereal
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These world leaders are crunching up the competition through acquisitions, improvements in major segments and growth in various regions. Thanks to the convenience of packaged food products, they are more »
Social responsibility has never been more critical than now to potential investors -- now more than ever, social pressures create upward or downward movement on individual securities. It pays to keep a careful eye on the social networking streams to see what is "in," and what is "out." Four choices that are "in" and show no signs of losing social clout or financial steam are profiled below.
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Yogurt is an increasingly popular food in The United States. The two big names are General Mills' (NYSE: GIS) Yoplait and Danone (NASDAQOTH: DANOY.PK), which together control about 50% of the U.S. market. Can soda and snack giant PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) break into a market with such large and entrenched players?
Big and Getting Bigger
Bloomberg quotes Euromonitor International in pegging the domestic yogurt market at around $7 billion more »
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