Monday, April 15, 2013

Does the Stock Market Drive People to Drink? How about Liquor Stocks?

Some investors believe that the stock market will drive them to drink. If you look at the graph, you will see a comparison of the wholesale alcoholic beverage industry employment (in thousands) versus the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the last twelve months. As you can see, it didn't matter whether the stock market was going up or down, the liquor employment kept steadily increasing or at least remained steady.

Did you know that research shows that over 66% of Americans drink alcoholic beverages during the evening in order to relax? They may need some relaxing after today's stock market drop. According to the recently updated list of wine and liquor stocks at, there are over a dozen to choose from, some of which pay dividends.

Beam, Inc. (BEAM) is an Illinois based company that produces bourbon whiskey, Scotch whisky, Canadian whisky, and other beverages under the brands of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Sauza, Courvoisier, Canadian Club, Teacher’s, and Laphroaig. The stock trades at 26 times trailing earnings, and pays a yield of 1.4%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an amazing 42.7% on a revenue rise of 11.2%.

Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-B) is another liquor distributor which is famous for its Jack Daniel's and Southern Comfort brands. The stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.1 and pays a yield of 1.6%.

Diageo (DEO) is a London based alcoholic beverage distributor that markets numerous brands of whiskey, including Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Crown Royal Canadian whisky, JeB Scotch whisky, Buchanan's Scotch whisky, Windsor Premier Scotch whisky, and Bushmills Irish whiskey. It also sells vodka, rum, and wine. The stock trades at 18.9 times trailing earnings. It sports a higher-than-industry-average yield of 1.8%.

For a free list of wine and liquor stocks, which you can download, sort, and update, go to

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


Data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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