Investors looking to benefit from the success of popular brands in the 'Consumer Goods' space may want to consider smaller alternatives to conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Two prime examples are Church & Dwight (CHD) and Prestige Brands Holdings (PBH).
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The obvious is almost always overlooked. This popular phrase rings true with regard to investing as much as it does about life in general! One overlooked company is in the 'Packaging and Containers' industry, the appropriately named Packaging Corporation of America (PKG).
Although its primary business of producing corrugated container board products and related shipping services may be slightly boring, Packaging Corp's growth is anything but. The company's recent acquisition of smaller rival Boise has significantly bolstered Packaging Corp's industry positioning by greatly enhancing production capacity. Packaging Corp is now the fourth largest producer of container board in The United States and is set to grow revenue over 60% and EPS over 35% in fiscal 2014.
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When I think of the greatest dividend stocks, I think of companies that have sizable yields but also grow dividends at consistent and robust rates. Very few companies do this but some that do include VF Corporation (VFC) and W.W. Grainger (GWW).
However, just as important as identifying the current dividend greats is identifying the potential greats. Companies like MasterCard (MA), Starbucks (SBUX) and Visa (V) fall into this second category because their respective management teams have shown a willingness to increase payouts at rapid rates in their relatively short dividend history.
Not only are these three companies growing revenue and earnings per share very fast, they are now on watch for entry into the prestigious dividend great category. Click here to read more about the future dividend greats!
With some analysts predicting a weak 2013 holiday shopping season, only the strong brands will survive. Perhaps no brand is hotter than Michael Kors (KORS) is right now. The company has extreme pricing power, which is evident in robust and increasing margins, and is rapidly expanding its stored count across the world.
On a day when shares of Tesla (TSLA) are rallying over 10%, investors may be kicking themselves for not buying on the recent correction. Much of the stock's weakness has stemmed from the very public fires on Model S cars that occurred in recent months.
However, Tesla isn't the only one encountering problems with major vehicle releases, Ford (F) is too! The industry stalwart's woes illustrate perfectly that the automative world is a complicated beast and that investors may have overreacted to Tesla's problems.
In my latest article for The Motley Fool, I explain why I think all long-term growth investors should consider Tesla now.