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  • Is it Time to Scrap Food Stocks?

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: K, SLE, UN

    Investors have been feasting on food stocks recently, and this has others wondering if these companies still have room to grow. Food stocks are up about 30% so far this year, and that beats the S&P 500 by about 10 percentage points. Let's take a look at some of the most popular names so far this year and see if they have what it takes to continue soaring more »

  • Should You Simply Trust This Company's Growth?

    By Brian Nichols - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: LRLCY.PK, PG, UN

    Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) reached all-time highs on Thursday after posting Q2 earnings. It remains the ideal safe, high-yield, non-cyclical stock choice for investors. However, despite its gains, investors should be concerned about growth, and should question whether it’s the best investment option in its space.

    Were Earnings Good?

    As a non-cyclical company, it is Procter & Gamble’s job to perform strongly regardless of the economy and grow at more »

  • It’s better to be safe than sorry

    By Nitin Agarwal - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KRFT, PG, UN

    Safe Harbour

    “It’s better to be safe than sorry”. When we consider the above phrase, particularly during the times of market uncertainly, we consider the stocks of the FMCG companies as the safest bet. Since, the FMCG industry is itself highly saturated - with presence of players like Nestle (OTC: NSRGY), Kraft (NASDAQ: KRFT), Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), Unilever (NYSE: UN) among others; it’s sometimes becomes difficult for the more »

  • Procrastinators Can Still Join the Party in This Stock

    By Ted Cooper - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    One of the best strategies for part-time investors is to track successful hedge fund managers' holdings and pick which stocks look the most promising. Investors who followed Bill Ackman into Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) have already reaped large gains -- the stock is up nearly 33% since the legendary investor announced his hedge fund owned 1% of shares outstanding.

    However, despite the run-up in the stock price over the last year more »

  • Clash of the Consumer Goods Titans

    By Ryan Palmer - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: NSRGY, PG, UN

    One of legendary investor Peter Lynch's favorite bits of advice for individual investors trying to figure out the stock market on their own was to buy what you know. If you've tried a company's product and enjoyed it, that could be a sign to investigate the stock.

    The following three companies are all giants in the consumer goods industry, and you've probably encountered at least one more »

  • Are FMCG Players Following the Right Strategies?

    By usman iftikhar - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: PBH, PG, UN

    Global fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector is undoubtedly among the most competitive and the fastest growing sectors. Every player in the sector is reinforcing its strategies to reach rural and lower income areas to expand distribution networks.

    Moreover, the trend towards local acquisitions to increase market share continues. In this article, I will discuss these two strategies with respect to the three well known players of the industry; Prestige more »

  • A Conglomerate With Huge Upside in Store

    By Piyush Arora - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    Due to a plethora of reasons, Indian currency has depreciated by nearly 20% against the U.S Dollar over the last year. So, while Indian exporters are having a great time, foreign companies operating in India have been struggling with massive foreign exchange losses.

    Since the Indian GDP is still expected to grow at 5-7% over for the next few years, foreign companies including Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) and Unilever more »

  • Keeping it Simple With Energizer Holdings

    By Matthew Luke - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: ENR, PG, UL, UN

    Being a successful investor does not need to be that difficult. A simple investment in an easy to comprehend business model is often the best way to make long-term gains in the stock market. Sure, you can occasionally hit it big on a complicated biotech speculative pick or what have you, but simplicity is one of the keys to consistent gains in the stock market. And in the universe of more »

  • Consumer Goods: Information You Must Know

    By Federico Zaldua - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: LRLCY.PK, NSRGY, UN

    As an investor in the consumer goods space, I learn there is nothing more relevant for consumer goods companies (CGC) than market share. As CGC businesses are based on distribution, their fixed costs per unit of volume that they sell goes down sharply as they gain market share. Here I post an updated market share trend review for three of the most relevant consumer goods companies in the world.

    Ameliorating more »
  • Why Peanut Butter & Coffee Is a Great Combo

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, GMCR, SJM, UN

    J.M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) saw its stock pushed down some 4% last week after releasing fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results. However, with Smucker's leading position in the peanut butter and coffee markets, now could be a great buying opportunity. Many of Smucker's products are consumer staples, but what's more is that the company has a leading position in many its niche product markets.  

    First-quarter earnings came in more »

  • Investing in the Coupon Nation

    By Matt Swayne - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    During the recent stretch of economic uncertainty, a growing number people started to rely on coupons when they shopped.

    This means people are looking for value -- and trying to cut budget corners everywhere they can. As customers look for value, they naturally gravitate toward certain companies that cater to cost-conscious customers. These companies will likely see a pickup in sales and market share. If they are careful to properly discount more »

  • A Staple of the Global Consumer Foods Industry

    By Ryan Guenette - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, SJM, K, MDLZ, UN

    A leading manufacturer and marketer of a wide array of branded consumer foods, General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average so far in 2013, rising 16.48% compared to the 15.34% return offered by the broader market.  

    General Mills is a leading manufacturer and marketer of a wide array of branded consumer foods. The company’s product portfolio includes: Big G Cereals, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Haagen-Dazs more »

  • Consumer Goods Companies: Great Expectations

    By Vanina Egea - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    There has been a major shift in the consumer goods industry. Consumer spending in developed markets is hesitant to pick up as is still held back by a sluggish economy and high unemployment. This macro-economic environment, however, has been beneficial for developing countries, where sales have been growing at a fast pace along with optimal branding and positioning.

    This industry is governed by big global companies that own a wide more »

  • Comparing 3 Household Names Using Graham's Rules

    By Jarrod Jacinth - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    Well it seems that my Magic Crystal Ball is still at the shop so I will have to look at some simple data numbers. No matter, it's an enjoyable process that allows a quick view of a company to see if we want to further peruse its analysis. An investor should have multiple phases of analysis in place to help weed through undesirable investments.

    Let's look at three more »

  • P&G Will Perform Well With A.G.Lafley

    By Anh HOANG - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    The hot news in the consumer goods industry is the change of Procter & Gamble’s (NYSE: PG) CEO. A.G. Lafley, P&G’s former CEO will make his comeback to run the largest global consumer goods conglomerate, replacing Bob McDonald. P&G announced that McDonald will step down to retire in June this year and he would receive no severance payments. The news has brought P&G more than more »

  • Should We Follow Richard Pzena Into These 2 Stocks?

    By Anh HOANG - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: PG, UN, WMT

    Richard Pzena is one of the most successful value investors, managing nearly $20 billion as of April 2013. In the past one year, his Large Cap Focused Value fund's gross annualized performance was 18.9%. Recently, he initiated long positions in two large cap businesses, Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG). In the first quarter, he bought 8,193 shares of Wal-Mart worth nearly $640,000 more »

  • Building a Watch List From Household Items

    By William Bias - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, PG, UL, UN

    The Motley Fool Watch List (account sign-up required) can serve as a useful tool in compiling investment ideas and keeping track of relevant news pertaining to your personalized list. One of the ways you can find investment ideas is looking around at your household items and making note of who makes them to see if the companies are publicly traded. The three companies listed below own a portfolio of brand more »

  • The Consumer Goods Giant that Donald Yacktman is Bullish About

    By Anh HOANG - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: PG, UL, UN

    In the previous article, I have talked about News Corp, the top position of a famous investment manager Donald Yacktman. He does not only loves the entertainment business but he also loves the consumer business. His second and third biggest positions were global giant consumer companies. They were Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) and PepsiCo. P&G was the second biggest holding, with more than 27.7 million shares, accounting for more »

  • Investment Insights From The Grocery Store

    By Federico Zaldua - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: BUD, BTI, CL, DEO, PG, UN

    As I wrote in my fixedincomenow blog, two weeks ago I decided to carry on an experiment. It all started when I went to the supermarket and I was there for over an hour buying different goods, from food and beverages to cleaning items. I found myself buying brands I trusted only when I was buying beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and packaged foods. Only for those items, and for more »

  • Will Procter & Gamble Keep Growing in 2013?

    By Lior Cohen - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UN

    Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) started off the year on a positive note and rose by 12.2%. The company didn’t have an easy year but after making many tough decisions in 2012, its outlook has improved. Will this leading consumer product company be able to keep growing in 2013? How is this company performing compared to other leading consumer product companies?

    Little Growth, Stable Profitability

    Based on the company more »

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