Sunday, May 08, 2011
Mother's Day was Yesterday: What Stocks Might Benefit
Mother's Day was yesterday, and for the last couple weeks, sales have been rising for chocolate, flowers, and jewelry, along with greeting cards and gift wrap. Investors looking for stocks that might be participating in the Mother's Day buying activity can find a few ideas on the chocolate and candy stock list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.
One example is Hershey (HSY), founded in 1894, which is the largest manufacturer of chocolate in North America and one of the largest chocolate and candy companies in the world. Did you know that Hershey's Kisses were invented in 1901 and Hershey chocolate chips were introduced in 1928? The stock trades at 18 times forward earnings and sports a favorable yield of 2.5%.
Another chocolate company is Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. (RMCF), based in Durango, Colorado, which 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 price to earnings ratio is 17, and the company pays a great CD beating yield of 3.7%.
Other Mother's Day related companies include 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. (FLWS), which is the the largest publicly traded flower seller, and also sells plants, gourmet foods, cookies, cakes, candies, wine, gift baskets, and other gifts. The stock has a forward PE ratio of 16.
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 forward PE of 8, and a yield of 2.5%.
CSS Industries Inc. (CSS) markets gift wrap, gift bags, boxed greeting cards, gift tags, tissue paper, decorations, and decorative ribbons and bows. The stock has a PE of 16, and a yield of 3.5%.
If you like interesting lists like this, you should check out the various free stock databases, at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.
Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.