Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Top Valentines Day Stocks

Most people know when Valentine's Day is, but in case you missed the memo, it is Monday, February 14, so if you haven't done the shopping for your Valentine, then you better get cracking. One option is to give a gift of shares of stock in companies that may produce Valentines Day related products. Here are some stocks that may benefit, including chocolate, jewelry, flowers, greeting cards, and gift wrap.

Hershey (HSY), founded in 1894, is the largest manufacturer of chocolate in North America and one of the largest chocolate and candy companies in the world. Hershey's Kisses were invented in 1901 and the Hershey chocolate chips were introduced in 1928. The stock trades at 22 times earnings, with a CD beating yield of 2.7%.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. (RMCF), based in Durango, Colorado, makes and markets caramels, creams, mints, and truffles. The company, which was founded in 1981, has over 300 franchise locations in 40 states, along with Canada and the United Arab Emirates. The P/E ratio is 15.8, and the yield is a delicious 3.9%. Inc. (FLWS), the largest publicly traded flower seller, also sells plants, gourmet foods, cookies, cakes, candies, wine, gift baskets, and other gifts. The company recently generated negative earnings, but trades at 31 times forward earnings.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF), founded in 1837, is one of the top jewelry companies in the world, with over 60 U.S. stores and over 100 international locations. The metric carat as a weight standard for gems was developed by a Tiffany gemologist. The New York City flagship store is home to the 128-carat Fancy Yellow Tiffany Diamond. The stock has a PE of 23, and a yield of 1.7%.

Blue Nile Inc. (NILE), founded in 1999, is a leading web based retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, and the largest online retailer of certified diamonds. The stock has a PE of 66.

Signet Group plc (SIG), owns 1,400 jewelry stores in the United States, under the trade names of Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. The stock has a P/E ratio of 17.

Zale Corporation (ZLC) has over 690 jewelry stores in throughout the United States. The company has recently generated negative earnings.

American Greetings Corp. (AM), founded in 1906 and based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the largest publicly-traded greeting card company in the world. The stock has a PE of 10 and a decent yield of 2.6%.

CSS Industries Inc. (CSS) markets gift wrap, gift bags, boxed greeting cards, gift tags, tissue paper, decorations, and decorative ribbons and bows. The stock trades at 17 times forward earnings, and a yield of 3.3%.

You will notice that more than half of these stocks pay fairly decent dividends. If you like high dividend stocks, check out the free listings at You can also find other unusual lists of stocks at, including Beatles stocks, birth control stocks, cloud computing stocks, and stem cell stocks.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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