The Clorox Company
Investors who consider themselves stock market historians have likely heard of the research done on the best-performing stocks to have owned over the past 60 or 70 years.
Among these stocks that have richly rewarded their investors for so many years are many consumer goods companies. You might be shocked to find out that some of the market’s best-performing stocks have come from such slow-growing industries.
However, the slow-and-steady more »
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) may not sound as interesting as some aggressive growth stocks, but its safe, strong cash flow should'nt be ignored either.
In the past 6 months the bleach manufacturer has only produced returns of 2.86%. This market price stagnation could make some investors doubt about the intrinsic value of the company. But how valuable is Clorox?
Well recognized, strong brand
Quality is a crucial more »
"Hacking" your portfolio is a good thing. A life hack is a new term for making life easier and as stressful as investing can be, some basic things to remember can keep you off the Xanax and tequila.
- Best of breed
- Get some yield
- Know the field.
If you can buy a stock that is the best of its industry, offers some yield, and is in a field you either more »
One of the less-talked about consumer-stable stocks is Clorox (NYSE: CLX), however it could easily be the best. This $11-billion market cap producer of household cleaning and specialty food products is mostly overshadowed by the likes of Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL), both with market caps in excess of $50 billion.
But the beauty about Clorox is that it pays one of the highest dividend yields in the industry more »
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has been under attack lately. Despite the over $200 billion market cap, the consumer products company has come under activist pressure by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman. With the stock up 20% year to date, should investors join Ackman in investing in Procter & Gamble?
Procter & Gamble is one of the world's leading consumer product companies with some of the world's most famous brands more »
It might be about time to gear up for a short -- or at least time to take some profits off the table. Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) made the decision to rehire its old CEO, A.J. Lafley, to replace his handpicked successor Robert McDonald. I see this as a call for concern, given Lafley’s track record as CEO.
P&G is a great company that likely will be around more »
Historically, companies operating in the household and personal product industry have consistently generated double digit returns. This industry has been one of the best choices for conservative investors. Price stability, financial strength ratings, and earnings predictability are naturally very favorable. On top, most of these equities are offering appealing dividends with steady price appreciation.
The household and personal product industry is sought as defensive investments because this industry provides solid more »
Companies that supply us with goods that we need operate in a very stable part of the economy. They are rarely in the news because there is typically no news to share. Unless there is a mass “staining” across the country, Clorox (NYSE: CLX) will continue to sell about the same amount of bleach.
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WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC), with its headquarters in San Diego, is a global consumer-products company committed to delivering unique, high-value, and easy-to-use solutions for a wide variety of maintenance needs of "doers" and "on-the-job" users. So one can expect the company's products to be widely used in various applications, which means that it has a moat around its business.
Its recent results confirm the fact, and with WD-40's brands more »
How would the idea of going on an adventure without any safety equipment whatsoever sound to you? Many would call it completely absurd. While investing in stock markets is not completely an adventure, it is definitely an activity that entails some risk and calls for some safety measures. It is always prudent to have some safe investments in your portfolio that allow you to trade with confidence and satisfaction. Clorox more »
When companies are about to report earnings, investors would do well to look at the prior earnings report to try and find trends that may continue over the next few quarters. With Colgate-Palmolive’s (NYSE: CL) earnings report right around the corner, there are four trends that shareholders should hope will continue.
Growth and Income on a Global Scale
There are two things that define Colgate-Palmolive’s current market position more »
Questioning certain companies in today’s stock market is almost unheard of. When you think about names like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, or Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), many investors assume that all of these companies are stocks that they can buy at any price and hold forever. While it’s true that investors may be able to buy the shares at a decent price and tuck them away for many years more »
Sometimes finding a winning investment is less about discovering the next big thing, and more about finding a good value in an already strong company. While a large blue chip stock like Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) won’t win a prize for the most exciting company, or the fastest growth rate, there is a lot to like about a company that makes money cleaning up other people’s messes.
Goliath Versus more »
WD-40 Company (NASDAQ: WDFC) is best-known for its WD-40 lubricant and sprays that we all have under the sink or in the garage. The company also makes hand cleaners, carpet cleaners, bathroom cleaning sprays, toilet bowl cleaners. Its brands besides WD-40 include 3-IN-ONE, BLUE WORKS, Spot Shot, X-14, 2000 Flushes, Lava, Carpet Fresh, Solvol, no vac, and 1001.
WD-40 blew away earnings expectations for the third quarter. Earnings more »
Any balanced portfolio should contain a few defensive stocks in order to balance out risk. Non-durable Consumer Products are a typically defensive industry, as these products will be needed regardless of the macro-economic situation.
While many of these companies look expensive at the moment, some are still trading at quite low multiples. Helen of Troy (NASDAQ: HELE) recently came out with a quarterly beat, and is trading at a steep more »
Recently, Prestige Brands Holdings (NYSE: PBH) experienced a significant gain of nearly 11% in one day, from $30.34 per share to $33.65 per share, after it announced that it acquired the privately-held healthcare distributor Care Pharmaceuticals. Shareholders of Prestige Brands must be quite happy as the company’s share price has advanced four times since November 2011.
Prestige Brands is in the portfolio of several famous investors including more »
According to the financial website InvestorPlace, 50 blue-chip companies raised their dividends during the second quarter of 2013. This despite stock market declines, which were reportedly because of the Federal Reserve’s hints that it may begin easing back on stimulus by as early as September.
Investors are still flocking to dividend companies, even though bond interest rates are starting to increase. Dividend companies can offer a steady income stream more »
Consumer staples stocks are highly regarded by the investing community for the reliability of their profits. It isn’t difficult to understand why. Companies like Kimberly Clark (NYSE: KMB) sell products ranging from paper towels to tissues, products that consumers will purchase regardless of the overall economic climate.
In addition, consumer staples stocks traditionally distribute a majority of their profits to shareholders via compelling dividend yields. Over the past couple more »
At the end of June, several independent directors of Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) purchased more than 7,700 shares of the company at around $61.70 per share with the total transaction worth more than $476,000. Since the beginning of the year, Church & Dwight has gained nearly 15.3% on the market, a bit higher than the S&P 500’s return of 14.4%. Should investors follow those more »
Consumer staples stocks have a lot to offer investors. Their products are purchased no matter the prevailing economic conditions, which means stable financial results in good times and bad. One such company is Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL), whose namesake brands of toothpaste and soap can be found in millions of households across the globe.
After rallying nearly 20% to begin the year, Colgate-Palmolive has come off its recent highs. Does the more »
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