• Will candy manufacturers taste sweet for your portfolio?

    By Hussain Asghar - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY

    The confectioners industry lies in the consumer-defensive sector and for the companies in this sector the outlook doesn't change much with economic variations. These stocks are great to buy because consumers buy chocolate and other staple products regardless of how the economy is doing. The US is the world's largest consumer of chocolate in the world, and investors can seek safety in these kinds of consumer-defensive stocks. This more »

  • Tootsie Rolls Future Not So Sweet

    By Jeremy Worthington - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY, TR

    Tootsie Rolls may be delicious but it is time to sell if you own Tootsie Roll shares. Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. (NYSE: TR) is currently way over-valued and there will be a large correction coming to its stock price in the future. The P/E ratio is way too high to justify the valuation that it currently has. That combined with a crony culture on the Board means that it more »

  • One Stable High Growth/High Margins Business

    By Damian Illia - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY

    The confectionery market is characterized by high-growth and high-margin prospects compared with other packaged food segments. Since private-label competition is minimal, only 5% of the overall industry, there is only room for big players with well-positioned brands. These characteristics make it very attractive for investors. However, raw materials fluctuation along with external headwinds put pressure on firms’ profitability.

    Let’s analyze how three players in the confectionery market are performing more »

  • Protect Yourself With This Ultimate Inflation Hedge

    By Shmulik Karpf - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: KRFT, NSRGY, RMCF, HSY

    Ever since the financial crisis broke out in 2008, central banks have engaged in the practice of money printing in order to fuel the economy and avoid stagnation. One of the great concerns voiced by many is that this practice is bound to lead to a currency devaluation and rising inflation. Investors are terrified that their hard-earned cash will be simply inflated away by the government. Everyone wants to hedge more »

  • How Sweet It Is

    By Diane Alter - February 8, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY

    Chocolate has a very sweet history. It’s been called the nectar of the gods and poor man’s champagne. Plus, it's the go-to, anytime remedy for ailments and adversities. Leave some chocolate around today, and chances are very good it will be gone today. Chocolate rarely hangs around anywhere for very long.

    Ah! But such is not the case for Hershey’s (NYSE: HSY), the heavyweight of chocolate more »

  • A Chocolate Dream for Investors

    By Johan Seijkens - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: RMCF, HSY, TR

    Who doesn't love chocolates? Chocolates are for everyone. One American small cap company that is going to conquer the world bit by bit is Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF).

    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., headquartered in Durango, Colorado, is an international franchiser of gourmet chocolate, confection and self-serve frozen yogurt stores and a manufacturer of an extensive line of premium chocolates and other confectionery products. As of January more »

  • How Sweet It Is When Chocolate Is Everywhere

    By Meryl Baer - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: KRFT, RMCF, HSY, TR

    It is the holiday season and time for chocolate. As an investor I prefer to buy products and services I understand, and I understand chocolate. I also like to invest in things I like and believe others will like and therefore buy. Perusing the grocery store this week there was, in the center of the first aisle, in the middle of all the healthy produce, a large display of chocolates more »

  • 2 Key Tailwinds = Chocolate Stocks Long-term Winners

    By BA McKenna - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: KRFT, RMCF, HSY

    The global chocolate confectionery market is about $83-$89 billion (depending upon source) in sizeTo put that figure in some context, ice cream and pizza, respectively, pull in roughly $55 and $36 billion per year.

    The market has grown from about $50 billion in 2000, according to Euromonitor. That's some nice growth. And there are trends pointing to continued strong -- perhaps even accelerated -- growth. So, in addition to more »

  • Chocolates Have A Feel Good Factor

    By Somnath Guha - September 29, 2012 | Tickers: KRFT, RMCF, HSY

    Chocolate is believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, which have an uplifting effect. The so-called 'chocolate high' is due in part to the substance phenylethylamine (PEA), which occurs naturally in the brain and is allegedly released at times of emotional arousal. Hence the traditional lover's gift of a box of chocolates, and the craving for chocolate that some people report when they feel depressed. No more »

  • Everyone Has to Eat Part 1: Candy, Candy, Candy

    By William Bias - June 19, 2012 | Tickers: RMCF, HSY, TR

    Everyone has to eat and drink to survive. As an investor one has to ask, ”Can great investment gains be made from investing in the companies that make the items that nourish our body?” In this four part series I examine the investment viability of these companies.

    Candy, like other food and drink, brings joy to adults and children alike. But, to really determine if the producers of these joyful items would bring the same level of joy for investors due diligence is required. One has to research their financials and competitive position to determine the underlying investment potential. Three companies that come to my mind that produce candy are: Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE: TR), The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ: RMCF).