• The Gluten-Free Craze Is Sweeping America

    By Gretchen Stone - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BDBD, GIS, MKC

    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 »

  • 3 Dividend Aristocrats for Your Portfolio

    By William Bias - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KO, MKC, MCD

    Looking at dividend paying companies from the S&P 500’s list of Dividend Aristocrats represents a good starting point for investors looking for stocks that provide income. Companies that increased dividends for more than 25 consecutive years qualify for inclusion on this list.

    Of course, investing in companies based solely on their inclusion on a list never stands as a good idea. You need to perform research and judge more »

  • Little Black Dress Stocks: The Sequel

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, SHW, TROW

    Dividend Aristocrats (companies consistently raising yield for 25-plus years) are like the perfect little black dress (or LBD in fashionista shorthand) in a wardrobe. An LBD stock is a core holding that you don't have to touch, except maybe to add onto on pullbacks. You can count on increasing dividend income every year and it is always in fashion, yet not faddish.

    The do-it-yourself LBD

    One Dividend Aristocrat is more »

  • The 3 Big Risks in This Stock

    By Lee Samaha - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, MKC, THS

    ConAgra Foods(NYSE: CAG) stands out as a winner in the food industry over the last few years. Its mix of value brands in the consumer division, expanding private label business and, a commercial foods division (which has been expanding profits strongly over the last few years) has stood it in good stead to deal with a challenging environment.

    In summary, I think the company is well-positioned to do well more »

  • Why This Stock's Valuation Is Looking A Bit Too Spicy

    By Lee Samaha - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, MCD, YUM

    There is a lot to like about the long-term prospects for spice and seasoning company McCormick (NYSE: MKC)Consumers are demanding ever more flavor in their cooking, and food companies are being forced to innovate by using flavorings in order to compete in difficult end markets. With these positive trends in place, the company is doing well. But what of its near-term prospects? Moreover, is the stock good value right more »

  • Are These Consumer Goods Stocks Over-Valued?

    By Bob Ciura - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, HSY, TR

    Consumer goods stocks have been some of the market’s best-performing stocks of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. Companies that sell their products year in and year out, effectively ignoring the fluctuations of the broader economy, aren’t likely to go out of business when a recession hits.

    Furthermore, the financial stability of companies like McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC), The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), and more »

  • Add Some Spice to Your Food and Portfolio With This Stock

    By Mark Lin - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, MDLZ, THS

    McCormick (NYSE: MKC) is a global distributor and marketer of spices, seasoning mixes, and condiments and other flavorful products to both the consumer segment made up of retail customers; and the industrial segment comprising packaged food manufacturers & foodservice businesses.

    Not your average commodity

    While things like salt and pepper are as common as they can get, the same cannot be said of some of the other specialized spices and herbs more »

  • Which Stock Is a Buy in the Packaged-Foods Industry?

    By Zain Abbas - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, GIS, MKC

    Food-packaging companies recently reported their earnings. The companies had hardly anything to surprise investors. However, sectors always come with investing themes and post-earnings release is a good time to find/discover them.

    What was the common investing theme in the food-packaging industry? Let’s have a look at some of the players.

    Investment thesis

    Despite a +6% move since its earnings release on June 27, ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) is more »

  • Billionaire David Harding’s Consumer Goods Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: MO, BF-B, CL, KMB, MKC

    We track hundreds of hedge funds’ quarterly 13F filings as a part of our work developing investment strategies; we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy). We also like to analyze individual filings to search for any trends in how top managers are playing the more »

  • Wait for These Overpriced Dividend Stocks to Fall

    By Timothy Green - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CL, XOM, MKC

    In a previous article entitled A Dividend Watchlist for the Pullback I put a buy target on three currently overpriced dividend stocks and suggested keeping a watchlist to take advantage of the current pullback in high-yield stocks. Today I'm introducing my Dividend Growth Watchlist, which you can view at any time by going here, and which includes those three previous stocks as well as three more dividend stocks I more »

  • A Special Source of Pricing Power

    By Ted Cooper - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CRR, IFF, MKC

    Although all companies want it, only a handful of companies have significant pricing power -- the ability to raise prices without significant customer defections. Pricing power is only available to companies with competitive advantages, and it is only worth something to long-term investors when the competitive advantages are durable.

    McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) is an example of a company with pricing power derived from a durable competitive advantage. The company has more »

  • Resist Stocks With No Margin of Safety

    By Bob Ciura - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, MCK, SYK

    Editor's Note: The original article used incorrect stock symbols, this version has been corrected. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    When the stock market is doing very well, as it is currently, it’s easy to throw valuation to the wind. Stock-picking becomes easier and easier when the markets are in a seemingly unstoppable bull market stampede, because as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats.

    However more »

  • A More Diverse and Stable Coffee Play

    By Matthew Frankel - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SJM, MKC, SBUX

    When most people think of J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM), they think of the fruit spreads and peanut butter products that bear the “Smucker’s” name in the grocery store. But the company has evolved into a very diverse food company whose main source of revenue is coffee. As one of the largest producers of the increasingly popular “K-cups”, Smucker stands to benefit tremendously from the growth in their sales more »

  • 3 Companies That Add Taste and Texture to Your Portfolio

    By William Bias - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: INGR, SJM, MKC

    Companies that make products that perform mundane tasks such as adding flavor and texture to your food can really improve portfolio performance over the long term. These products never go out of fashion unlike computers and electronics. The three companies below possess qualities that make their stock worthy of long-term ownership.

    Creating texture

    Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) makes “starches, sweeteners, texturants, and nutritionals” that go into the taste and texture of more »

  • This $28 Billion Hedge Fund Is Bullish

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMGN, DTE, KMB, MKC, VZ

    Looking at 13F filings is important because they reveal hedge funds' quarterly moves, and most crucially, their favorite equity investments. Institutional investors who exercise investment discretion of more than $100 million are required to report their positions in 13Fs several weeks after the end of each quarter. David Harding's Winton Capital Management is one of the funds that recently filed its 13F form with the Securities and Exchange Commission more »

  • 5 Food Companies To Feed Your Watchlist

    By Cory Renauer - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, GIS, HRL, SJM, MKC

    The packaged food companies below all market branded items that supermarkets and mini-marts absolutely must carry, or they risk losing business to stores that do. Just think about what people would say about a supermarket that refused to stock Cheerios in the cereal aisle. Also, because of their brand recognition, these companies don’t need to enter pricing wars with competitors. They can continue to charge higher prices for a more »

  • 3 Companies With Huge Inside Ownership for Your Portfolio

    By William Bias - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: DORM, MKC, BKE

    Publicly traded companies with a high percentage of employee, director, and management ownership can provide a certain degree of comfort for the outside investor or potential investor. Insiders who share in the risks and rewards of ownership often end up as better stewards of their charge.

    Of course this does not represent the only aspect of a company to evaluate from an investment standpoint. Selling a needed product that won more »

  • 9 Reasons to Buy this Spice and Condiments Maker

    By William Bias - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: INGR, SJM, MKC

    Spice and condiment maker McCormick (NYSE: MKC), one of the so called “boring” companies, gave investors a 115% total return versus 25% for the S&P 500 over the past five years as of this writing (see chart below). The nine reasons below explain why this company will continue to provide market-beating returns for its owners.

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    MKC Total Return Price data by YCharts

    1. A robust consumer business. Revenue and more »

  • McCormick Isn't Just a Food Industry Play

    By BA McKenna - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: ASBFY, MKC, WFM

    If there were a stock market in 400 B.C., Hippocrates might be plunking down a few Greek drachmas on spice king McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC). The father of western medicine’s philosophy was, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." So, it seems likely he'd consider McCormick not only a food industry play, but also a health and wellness one. 

    Spices as the more »

  • 4 Concepts That Will Get You Through Volatile Times

    By William Bias - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: KO, MKC, WAB

    The stock market goes up. The stock market goes down. Over the past month the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility index, more commonly known as the VIX and a common measure of fear in the stock market, increased 46% as of this writing (chart below). What’s an investor supposed to do? Scream and run for the hills? Actually, the wise long term investor needs to keep a calm head more »

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