Friday, July 11, 2014

Pets are Big Business - 3 Top Pet Stocks

Last year, Americans spent over $50 billion on their dogs and cats and birds and fish, based on information from the American Pet Products Association. People continue to spend money on their pets, even during economic downturns, since your pets still need food and shots.

Dogs and Cats are Big Business

According to, investors have almost ten pet related stocks available to them.

Pet Toys and Food

On of the biggest companies in the pet supply arena is Petsmart Inc. (PETM) which trades at 17 times trailing earnings and 15 times future earnings.  The company sells pet food, toys, and other supplies at over 1,000 retail outlets. Earning for the latest quarter rose 1.3% on a 1.1% revenue rise. Investors receive a yield of 1.4%.

Drugs for Pets

One of the growing business area for pets is animal care. PetMed Express Inc. (PETS) is one of the major online pet pharmacies. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 15, and a forward PE of 14. Earnings were down 1.7% for the latest quarter. The stock provides a generous yield of 5.1%.

Hospitals for Animals

Check out the stock ticker for this company, VCA Inc. (WOOF). The company provides medical and surgical services in its animal hospitals. The company also offers laboratory services for animal hospitals and practices. The stock trades at 23 times trailing earnings and 17 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter increased by 11.7%, on a 2.5% rise in revenues.

More Pet Stocks

If you want to see a free list of pet and animal related stocks, go to The list has info on the PE, forward PE, PEG, and yield.

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



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