Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coffee Prevents Diabetes: Look at Coffee Stocks

According to a study in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Chinese researchers at Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology determined that compounds in coffee inhibit human islet amyloid polypeptide, which is a substance linked to diabetes. Previous studies have shown that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50 percent.

It is not just diabetes that coffee can be used to help prevent. It may also reduce depression in women. Another study showed that men who drank six or more cups of coffee per day were found to have a 20% reduction in developing prostate cancer.

Fortunately for investors, plenty of coffee stocks are available to choose from. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has recently updated its list of publicly traded companies in the coffee business, many that pay dividends.

Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (PEET) is the specialty coffee roaster, marketer, and retailer founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California. The stock trades at 33 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up 13.7%, but earnings tanked by about 60%. The company does not pay a dividend.

Starbucks (SBUX) is the largest coffeehouse retailer in the world, with outlets in 50 countries and over 17,000 shops worldwide. The stock trades at 21 times forward earnings and pays a yield of 1.4%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 28.5% on an 6.8% increase in revenues.

The J. M. Smucker Co. (SJM) sells the Folgers brand of coffee, along with spreads, toppings, and beverages. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 14.5 and a decent yield of 2.4%. earnings dropped 15% on an 18% rise in sales.

On the non-retail side, there is Coffee Holding Co. (JVA), a roaster of wholesale coffee which markets wholesale green coffee, private label coffee, and branded coffee in the US and Canada. The stock trades at 9 times forward earnings and has a small dividend yield of 1.3%. Unfortunately, earnings for the latest reported quarter dropped by 60% on an 88% increase in revenues.

For a list of all of the coffee stocks, including more than half a dozen that pay dividends, go to WallStreetNewsNetwork.com. The list can be downloaded, sorted, and updated.

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

By Stockerblog.com

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