Sunday, August 18, 2013

Healthy Stocks

As technology continues to change our world, one place this is most obvious is in health and science. Researchers have found ways to extend the average lifespan of people and provide insight on how to be more healthy and live longer lives. With this information, people have changed their eating habits, begun working out more, and have become more interested in health. That said, there is a booming opportunity for those looking to invest in the health food arena and earn a financial gain.

Opportunities to invest in healthy food options include non-GMO choices, vegetarian foods, the supplement industry, and much more. Companies like United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), Dole Food Company (DOLE), Boulder Brands Inc. (BDBD), and more all create healthy food products and make up for a large part of profitable food producers. Another investment option involves nutritional supplement stores including GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI). And grocery chains such as Whole Foods Market (WFM), The Fresh Market (TFM), and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC) also offer investment opportunities to those looking to take off with the booming industry of health food. Just a few decades ago, people began investing in drive-thru restaurants like McDonalds (MCD), Burger King, Taco Bell and other fast food places. All of these financial opportunities massively expanded due to the trend in fast food. However now there is a shift back towards being healthy and having an active lifestyle. As that pattern continues, so will the trend of shopping for and eating healthy food. Investors have the opportunity to take advantage of these markets, much like those who took advantage of fast food chains just a short time ago.

According to the free list at of health food stocks, there are over a dozen worth different companies in this field. Whole Foods Market (WFM) is one of the major players in this industry. It based in Austin, Texas, and owns a chain of supermarkets specializing in natural and organic products. The stock trades at 37 times trailing earnings and 31 times forward earnings. The earnings for the latest reported quarter were up an amazing 21% on a 12% boost in revenues. The company has $989 billion in cash, amounting to $2.66 in cash per share. Whole Foods pays a small dividend with a yield of 0.8%.

Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is a provider of natural and organic foods and personal care products. The company brands include Celestial Seasonings tea, Soy Dream and Almond Dream beverages, the FreeBird brand of organic free range chickens, and whole grain foods through Arrowhead Mills. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 30 and forward PE of 25. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an incredible 69% on an excellent 21% boost in sales. The company has $27 million in cash. It does not pay a dividend.

There are plenty of other health food stocks worth examining for your portfolio health. To see all the primary companies involved in the health food industry, check out the list of health food stocks at

Consider investing in the health food industry for your next financial decision. Not only is this an industry that people are actively interested in, but it is one that will only continue to grow as people become more aware of the importance of eating and living a more healthy lifestyle.

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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