• Pinnacle Foods Doesn't Look Attractive

    By Piyush Arora - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: KRFT, PF, UL

    More often than not, investing community considers IPOs as one-time opportunities to lock-in stellar returns. People often cite the exponential growth of successful IPOs, but seldom do they recall the failures of bust IPOs. I believe that Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) is one such case, as it seems to be living the hype of a fresh IPO, with lofty valuations, but limited growth prospects.

    About the Acquisition

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  • Aggressive Acquisitions Could Hamper Future Growth

    By Harriet Tramer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, UL, WM

    Investors might purchase stock in a company that is “going green” not only because they want to support environmentally friendly practices but also because they view these practices as being an indication of all around sound management.

    But does that mean they should be attracted to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Waste Management (NYSE: WM) or Unilever (NYSE: UL) which have all been lauded for showing concerns about their environment? Not necessarily more »

  • Are These Three Global Consumer Giants Good Investment Opportunities?

    By Anh HOANG - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Since the beginning of July, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) has consistently risen on the market. The company has gone from $78 per share to $81.40 per share, marking a nearly 4.4% increase in just over a month. The positive momentum is expected to continue, along with good fourth quarter sales results. Let’s take a closer look to see whether or not P&G is a decent bet more »

  • Is This Great Dividend Stock in Danger?

    By Adrian Campos - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: JNJ, PG, UL

    Only behind Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and well above Unilever (NYSE: UL) in my performance chart, Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is among the best performing stocks in its industry. The latest earnings call for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 just came out, and it's a good time to analyze the future growth and profitability prospects of Procter & Gamble.

    While the firm has one of the strongest global brands more »

  • Will a CEO Transition Help This Company to Regain Its Lost Ground?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) recent quarterly results were discouraging, with the company falling short on both sales and margin numbers. To arrest this decline, Procter & Gamble re-appointed A.G. Lafley as the new CEO. He has a great task at hand to revive the company's fortunes and he has to stand up to high investor expectations. Let’s take a look on Procter and Gamble's future prospects more »

  • Why This Stock Has High Dividend and Revenue Potential

    By Anjum Khan - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is a leading consumer product company. The company operates in beauty, grooming, health care, fabric care, home care, baby care and family care. Not only its vast diversification, but also its huge geographical spread make it a common household name. Let us see how the company is expanding and how it will prove to be a good investment opportunity.


    In terms of financial fundamentals, the more »

  • Can the Packaged Food Industry Seal Profits?

    By Vanina Egea - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: K, NSRGY, UL

    Everyone eats food, but not all foods make profits. Here are three economic moats from the packaged foods industry that promise to make further profits and reward loyal shareholders. In this occasion I have chosen two European and an American company: Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY)Unilever (NYSE: UL), and Kellogg (NYSE: K).

    Best portfolio and world-leader

    The world’s largest company by revenue, Nestle, is a multinational based in Switzerland. The more »

  • Why Investors Should Consider These Fantastic English Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: GSK, UL, VOD

    Diversification is a subject most investors understand well. As the theory goes, it’s important to spread your bets so as to not become too heavily concentrated in one stock or industry. A critical piece of risk management is to not just try to maximize reward, but also minimize loss potential.

    While most investors are likely diversified across asset classes, within their equity portfolios, they may not be diversified geographically more »

  • Strong Profits in Diversified Food Production

    By Chris Hodge - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CALM, KRFT, UL

    Profit is the life of a business, and the following companies are carrying solid profit margins. But is that a good enough reason to make them a part of your portfolio? Let's take a good look at a few companies that have reasonably good margins to see if they have any other reasons to buy them... or if they're really value traps in disguise.

    Not a Lock

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  • Why Unilever Is Betting on India

    By Kaitlyn Tokay - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PL, UL

    Unilever (NYSE: UL) is having a makeover in India. Recently, the consumer packaged goods company had a transitional shift in the Asia-Pacific region with the majority of its brands. With rival Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PL) cutting costs by $10 million by the end of 2016, this is an opportunity for Unilever to scale up in categories destined for growth. 

    Investment in India

    Investment in India is the key to Unilever more »

  • Will This Company Bite Off More Than It Can Chew?

    By Leo Sun - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: BGS, FDP, PF, UL

    When most investors think of the packaged foods industry, they tend to think of it as a mature, slow-growth sector dominated by conglomerates such as General Mills and Kraft Foods. Yet they should pay attention to a new kid on the block, Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF), which went public in March at $20 per share and has since risen 20%.

    Pinnacle Foods, which sells Vlasic Pickles, Duncan Hines, Mrs. Butterworth more »

  • Why Is This Consumer Giant a Good Bet?

    By Gayatri Sharma - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CL, PG, UL

    Unilever (NYSE: UL) is focused on expansion in emerging markets to capitalize on rapid growth. It has increased its stake in its Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Unilever. The company has added new villages to its Shakti program in India, and new perfect stores in Indonesia. Its sustainable living plan is helping it to retain customers and reduce waste as well as cost. Here is a detailed look:

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  • 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 »

  • A Mundane Business Model with Solid Growth Outlook

    By Awais Iqbal - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ADM, KO, INGR, UL

    Large food and beverage manufacturers demand a variety of ingredients for their manufacturing operations. A significant portion of their ingredients are derived from farm produce. Food and beverage manufacturers require these farm products in a ready-to-use state. Food processing companies serve this purpose by converting farm produce into ready-to-use, value-added products.

    Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) is a dynamic ingredient solution provider that is often overlooked by investors. The company, previously known more »

  • 3 Consumer Giants for the Long Run

    By Anh HOANG - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: NSRGY, PG, UL

    In the newly released list of World’s Most Respected Companies in 2013, Barron’s featured several non-U.S. companies, including Unilever (NYSE: UL) and Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY). While Unilever ranked eleventh with mean scores of 3.24, Nestle was in the sixteenth position. Should we invest in these highly respected non-U.S. firms at their current prices? Let’s find out.


    Unilever has been performing quite well under more »

  • 3 Income Growth Stocks for Steady Returns

    By Piyush Arora - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, JNJ, UL

    Large conglomerates are generally low-beta blue chips that effectively reduce the risk attached to a portfolio. They record steady growth and often carry a modest yield, serving the purpose of income growth investing. But in the process of finding such low beta stocks, investors often lose out on growth prospects and end up buying overcrowded income stocks. So here are a few companies that offer a significant upside despite having more »

  • These Companies Are Still Looking to Grow

    By Mark Yagalla - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: BGS, PF, UL

    B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) and Pinnacle Foods (NYSE: PF) are set to bid against one another for the Wish-Bone salad dressing brand from Unilever (NYSE: UL). The expected price is to be $400 million to $500 million. Both B&G and Pinnacle are looking to add to their food brands, while Unilever is looking to divest non-core assets and focus on its personal-care business. A sale of Wish-Bone for more »

  • P&G Is Still Below Par

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: KMB, PG, UL

    Last week Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) announced that it was going to reorganize the company from the current five-arm management structure into four divisions. The company also announced that in the process it plans to trim its workforce by about 4,000 employees by 2016, which also follows another 1,600 staff slated to lose their jobs in 2013. P&G, which will be cutting its workforce for only the 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 »

  • Do Not Miss Out on This Stock

    By Eshna De - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, SBUX, UL

    The prospects of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) are looking up. To secure its future growth, the company is making strategic alliances with big names like Unilever (NYSE: UL) and Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX).  Due to the development of new business channels and potential further penetration, it now looks like the core domestic market has plenty to offer.

    Home growth

    Green Mountain has a built a good brand in the more »

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