• Sweetening the Pot with Candy Stocks

    By Brenda Johnson - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: NSRGY, HSY, TR

    Time-honored blue chips stocks with healthy track records can be found amongst candy companies. Although some cyclic behavior is to be expected as spikes are sure to be found around Easter, Valentine's Day, and Christmas, candy stocks have shown steady growth and are not going to be subject to the volatility or sudden de-listings that happen to tech stocks. Here are a few choice morsels to sink your teeth more »

  • This Sweet Business Is Poised for More Growth

    By Nick Chiu - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    Your investment could be sweet. Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a sweet business ready for solid growth. After spinning off from Kraft, Mondelez is a global snacking powerhouse and a leader in chocolate (owing around 15% of market share), gum (7%), biscuits (18%), candy, coffee, and powdered beverages. Mondelez offers investors stability and stable income through its diversified, well-known brands, such as Cadbury, Milka chocolate, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Trident more »

  • This Company's New Strategy Should Mean Bigger Profits

    By Matthew Frankel - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, NSRGY, UL

    The consumer food business is one that works in both good times and bad, and as such, the large, diversified food companies are one of my favorite investments for stability and long-term appreciation. One of my favorites in the space is ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG), which is one of the largest U.S.-based food companies with many well-known brands. With the company’s recent move toward private label (AKA more »

  • Medical Food

    By Reuben Brewer - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: DANOY.PK, NSRGY, NTRI

    Eating right makes you healthier. That might sound simplistic, but Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY), Danone (NASDAQOTH: DANOY.PK), and NurtiSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI) are taking that idea to a whole new level. And there's money to be made along the way.

    You are what you eat

    It's simple logic that eating healthier foods can help you feel better. However, many people just don't eat the way they should. Thus, lifestyle-related more »

  • Nestlé To Buy Hershey

    By George Poulos - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: NSRGY, HSY


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    Once again, Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY) and Hershey (NYSE:HSY) are in acquisition talks.

    How did I learn this? Well, I sat down with an unnamed source, working at Nestlé and close to the situation, and what they stated was incredible. First they stated:

    "Our [Nestlé] employees have been touring their [Hershey's] various plants. They have also researched potential synergies between our two companies. Talks are most of the way more »

  • A Good Food Play on Fast Growing Emerging Markets

    By Anh HOANG - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, MDLZ, NSRGY

    Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ) has experienced quite a sweet rise of nearly 21.5% since the beginning of the year. At the time of writing, the stock closed at nearly $31 per share, with a total market cap of $55 billion. Mondelez has been the favorite stock of activist investor Nelson Peltz and MS Global Franchise Fund. Moreover, the company is headed by CEO Irene Rosenfeld, who has nearly 30 more »

  • General Mills: A Buy For The Long Haul

    By siraj sarwar - May 5, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, NSRGY, UL

    General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has been a great buy for many years. General Mills has been continuously paying dividends over the last 114 years, something that very few companies have done. They also haven't made a single dividend cut in the entire 114 years, which is a phenomenal track record. Recently, the company announced a 15% increase in its quarterly dividends. This increase takes its quarterly dividend to $0 more »

  • Abbott Shifts Focus to Nutrition Demand Overseas

    By Eileen Rojas - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, MJN, NSRGY

    Abbott Laboratories' (NYSE: ABT) first-quarter earnings were boosted by its nutritional product lines, which include baby formula Similac, adult drink Ensure, and Glucerna bars. In January 2013, the company decided to move away from branded pharmaceuticals, splitting the business into AbbVie(NYSE: ABBV) The company's focus has turned to the nutritional products market.

    The nutritional products sector is growing rather quickly, especially in emerging markets such as China and India. In more »

  • Can Kellogg Keep Shareholders Feeling Grrrreat?

    By Nauman Aly - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, K, NSRGY

    Amidst all of the hoopla about healthy eating, there is one thing that stands tried and true - snacks and other convenience foods tend to taste great - and because of this, sales continue to boom. One manufacturer of such items, Kellogg (NYSE: K), has been proving this for over 100 years, with no sign of slowing down, and this could mean profits for investors who are also, to quote Tony the more »

  • 3 Top Consumer Companies: Earnings Review

    By Federico Zaldua - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: DANOY.PK, LRLCY.PK, NSRGY

    If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know that I have a strong preference for consumer goods companies (CGCs). The reason is clear: CGCs not only have unmatched free cash flow (FCF) generation capabilities but also, those cash flows are stable and protected by strong barriers to entry. In this article I will review the results posted by three of the most relevant CGCs in the more »

  • Will Water Wash Away Coca-Cola’s Potential?

    By William Bias - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: KO, DPS, NSRGY, PEP

    The newsletter Beverage Digest recently released its annual report of market share positioning among the global beverage companies in the United States. Its findings show the continued decline of carbonated sodas and a sustained increase in healthier beverages such as bottled water and energy drinks. This begs the question: Will beverage giant Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) lose its dominance in the beverage industry due to a rise in consumption of commoditized more »

  • A Sweet Tooth For Investors

    By Shas Dey - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    Hershey (NYSE: HSY) is a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, PA, the company is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and has operations throughout the world. With revenue exceeding $6.6 billion in 2012, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including iconic brands like Hershey's, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, and Ice Breakers.


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  • Alzheimer’s Milkshakes and the Growth of Medical Nutrition

    By Matthew Luke - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, ABBV, BMY, DANOY.PK, MJN, NSRGY, PFE

    A milkshake is not foremost on most people’s list of treatments for the neurological disorder Alzheimer’s. But a milkshake is indeed one treatment for those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to the recent United Kingdom release of Souvenaid. This milkshake and similar products are some of the many treatment options in an emerging hybridization of food and medicine.

    Defining a Milkshake
    By “milkshake” I of course do more »

  • A Sweet Tooth For Investors

    By Shas Dey - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., the company is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and has operations throughout the world. With revenues exceeding $6.6 billion in 2012, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including iconic brands like Hershey's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly more »

  • Where to Hide in an Overheated Market

    By Ted Cooper - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    In the midst of the current bull market, value-conscious investors are not sure where to turn. Nearly every corner of the market is filled with companies to which the market has rewarded generous valuations.

    Some investors decide to sit it out in cash and wait for a fat pitch. However, many investors are uncomfortable sitting on the sidelines as everyone else's portfolio skyrockets. If you are one of the more »

  • Don't Forget These International Consumer Staples Giants

    By Bob Ciura - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: DANOY.PK, NSRGY, UL

    Most investors of the consumer staples sector in the United States understand the merits of their stocks: dependable growth and reliable dividends. In addition, most domestic consumer products stocks have been on a tear lately. Valuations have steadily risen over the past year for many of the market’s well-known consumer goods companies, and as a result, investors have been doubly rewarded in the form of both dividends and solid more »

  • Companies That Are Keeping Patients Out Of Hospitals

    By Reuben Brewer - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: CAH, CVS, NSRGY, WAG

    Medical care is expensive, and the best way to lower costs is to keep patients out of hospitals. There are a few companies positioning themselves through acquisitions to do just that, including Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY) and Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH).

    The Most Expensive Care Around

    Being in a hospital is probably the most expensive way to receive medical care. This is partly because a trip to the hospital usually involves more »

  • This French Food Giant Has a 46% Upside Potential

    By Anh HOANG - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: DANOY.PK, MDLZ, NSRGY

    Recently, famous activist investor Nelson Peltz turned bullish on one of the largest French food companies, Groupe Danone SA (NASDAQOTH: DANOY). After Nelson Peltz’s presentation at the beginning of November 2012, Danone’s share price has risen from €49.80 ($64.91) to €53.46 ($69.68). The company’s American Depository Receipt (ADR) has risen from $12.50 to $14.50 in the same period. Nelson Peltz thought more »

  • A Sweet Chocolate Buy?

    By Anh HOANG - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    According to Charlie Munger, the key to successful long-term investing is to find a great company, buy it when it is trading at a significant discount to its intrinsic value, and stick with it for the long term. Warren Buffett has become a better investor over time, moving from buying cigar butts below the liquidation value to buying great businesses at fair prices. Recently, senior analyst John Kozey of Thompson more »

  • Should We Buy This Organic Product Maker Now?

    By Anh HOANG - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, HAIN, NSRGY

    In 2013, Jim Cramer thought that Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN) could be a potential takeover target of a packaged food giant. He mentioned that the offering price could be around $4 billion, a 45% premium on a current market cap of $2.75 billion. Since 2009, Hain’s stock price has advanced significantly, from $12 per share to nearly $59.70 per share. Should investors listen to Jim Cramer into more »