MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc.

  • These Highly Defensive Animal Related Companies Look Attractive

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, ZTS

    It seems that one industry that has become highly defensive in recent times is the pet industry. It would appear that no matter how hard the economic situation has become, pets still get care and attention from their owners.

    In addition, pets require almost constant medical attention as this guidance from the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals in the UK shows:

    'When puppies and kittens are born they more »

  • Wagging the Tailwinds With Pet Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, WOOF, ZTS

    If you own an animal companion you know you would move heaven and earth to keep it healthy.  Pet ownership of dogs and cats has almost tripled from 67 million in 1970 to 164 million in 2013 according to the Humane Society of the United States. Consumer research company Packaged Facts found Americans spend $41 billion annually on pets. That figure has doubled in the last decade.

    Based on these more »

  • The Pharma Stock to Focus on in 2013

    By Victor Selva - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: MRK, MWIV, ZTS

    Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS) is an animal health company that used to be one of Pfizer’s business units. It only started trading as an independent company in February 2013, despite being the largest operating firm (in terms of revenue) in the animal health medicine and vaccine sector.

    For the long-term, the business seems pretty well positioned to grow, especially considering the increasing demand from emerging economies. On this occasion, we more »

  • Are Your Stocks Going to the Dogs? Maybe They Should Be

    By Marie Flanigan - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: IDXX, MWIV, PETM

    If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you spend a significant amount of time and money on your pets. In my case, it’s three dogs, but all kinds of pets are popular in the United States and many people dote on their pets as one of the family. The ASPCA estimates that 62% of American households have a pet. That translates to about 78.2 million more »

  • Picking a Promising Pet Stock

    By Eric Novinson - February 27, 2013 | Tickers: IDXX, MWIV, PETS, PETM, WOOF

    Pet related stocks carry high approval ratings from other Fools. Five of the eight stocks that show up under the Pets tag have five star CAPS ratings. These companies all help take care of pets, but they aren't all in the same line of business, and they don't all have similar financial expectations. Picking the strongest pet stock could make a big difference. After eliminating stocks with very more »

  • Why I Bought This Boring Stock

    By Lee Samaha - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: HSIC, MWIV, PDCO

    I have had a difficult time investing over the last few weeks. It seems that all the defensive sectors like consumer staples and health care have been bid up inordinately while all the value seems to be congregating in the technology sector. This is a problem for me, as I like to balance the long side of my portfolio and can’t afford the risk of being overweight any one more »

  • 'Best Of Breed' Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, PETM, TSCO, ZTS

    How we love our animals! I bet many viewers tuned out the State of the Union Address to watch the Westminister Dog Show. The Puppy Bowl had a strong showing even against the Super Bowl. Some spoil these pets with outrageous presents such as Louis Vuitton carriers, fragrance for dogs at $3,000 a bottle, and $3 million dog collars. Even those of us who would blanch at these gifts more »

  • There's Big Money In Taking Care of Animals

    By Reuben Brewer - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, PETM, PFE, WOOF, ZTS

    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) just sold a little under 20% of its animal health unit to the public. Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS) is a massive competitor in its space and should interest investors looking to benefit from both the farming and the companion pet angle of the animal health industry. The latter has a few other options worth looking at, but there is no other way to directly touch on drugs for more »

  • Mario Gabelli's Potential Takeover Candidates (Part I)

    By Anh HOANG - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: HSIC, MWIV, PDCO

    Mario Gabelli, a famous investment manager, likes businesses that have a high potential of being acquired. He shared his investment ideas, including Hillshire Brands, Post Holdings, Viacom, and Xylem in a 2013 Barron’s Roundtable. In addition, he also talked about two other potential takeover candidates. One is Patterson Companies (NASDAQ: PDCO), which is the distributor of dental, veterinary and rehabilitation products. The other is Boulder Brands, a functional food more »

  • Strong Defensive Growth Prospects Here

    By Lee Samaha - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: HSIC, IDXX, MWIV, ZTS

    It’s not often I start an article by discussing the evaluation of a stock before even writing about what they do, but in the case of IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX) I don’t think it can be avoided. It’s a company I’ve looked at from time to time and never felt comfortable with its evaluation even if its prospects are very attractive. Sufficed to say that the more »

  • Are These Stocks Worth "Howling" Over?

    By David Mercer - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, WOOF | Editor's Choice

    Anyone that knows me personally knows I love animals and everything four-legged. In recent years, a number of pet-focused companies became prominent in the financial markets, we'll examine three (3) of them. The first is PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS). As its name suggests, PETS or 1-800 Pet Meds, as advertised on television, caters to pet owners, more specifically as a mail order pet pharmacy. This includes pet medications as more »

  • Why This Healthcare Stock is Starting to Look Like Good Value

    By Lee Samaha - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: IDXX, MWIV, PDCO, PFE, SIRO

    In a recent article I discussed the issue of perspective and investment style and how it affects the decision to buy a stock or not. As a growth at reasonable price (GARP) investor, it’s hard for me to fall in love dentistry supply company Patterson Companies (NASDAQ: PDCO). The stock has had execution issues for a while, and revenue growth was anemic in the last quarter. Nevertheless value investors more »

  • Making Money Off of Pets

    By Reuben Brewer - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: MWIV, PETS, PETM, WOOF

    People love their pets, sometimes to a degree that makes non-pet owners a little sick to their stomachs. It isn't hard to understand how some would find it odd to push a lap dog around in a baby carriage. However, this is an important trend in the pet industry (pet spending, not baby carriages). Companies like PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM), MWI Veterinary Supply (NASDAQ: MWIV), PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS), and more »