Sunday, February 09, 2014

Top Valentine's Day Stocks

It is time to shop for your Valentine; Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, as it is Friday, February 14. So what stocks will benefit from this day of love? Companies that make chocolate, jewelry, flowers, greeting cards, and gift wrap.

If you don't have time to drive out and pick up some flowers, you can order some from Inc. (FLWS). The comany is the largest publicly traded vendor of flowers, plus sells cookies, cakes, candy, wines, gift baskets, and other gifts for your valentine. The stock trades at 24 times trailing earnings and 15.9 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 12.6% on a revenue rise of 5.3%.

The leading gift for valentines is considered by many to be chocolate. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. (RMCF), based in Durango, Colorado creates and sells various types of chocolate candy including caramels, creams, mints, and truffles. The company was founded in 1981, has more than 300 franchise locations most states, and a few foreign countries. The trailing price to earnings ratio is 24, and the forward P/E is 16. Rocky Mountain pays a very generous dividend yield of 3.9%.

What valentine doesn't like jewelry. Tiffany (TIF), founded in 1837, is one of the top jewelry companies in the world, with more than 60 U.S. stores and numerous international locations. Something like a Tiffany Sapphire Diamond Platinum Necklace would make a nice gift. The stock trades at 24.2 times trailing earnings, and 20.4 times forward earnings. This stock also pays a dividend, with a yield of 1.6%.

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 14 times trailing earnings, and pays a decent yield of 2.3%.

For more stocks that could increase sales from the Valentine experience, such as candy and chocolate stocks, check out the free lists at The lists can be downloaded, sorted, and updated.

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



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