Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now


As we’ve written on several occasions and as anyone who has invested in the emerging markets knows, this has been an extremely tough year, with the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NYSE: EEM) down by 8.1 percent year-to-date while the S&P 500 is up by more than 28 percent.

Playing a huge role in the emerging markets underperformance are several structural factors, including rising wages, falling current account balances and higher exchange rates.

According to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the current account surplus in the emerging markets has fallen from a high of nearly 5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2007 to just more than one percent today.


In 2009, the developed world ran a current account deficit of more than 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—now it’s at just basis points. Analysts forecast that the growth gap between the emerging and developed worlds will be less than 1 percent by 20 18.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Colgate-Palmolive Company(CL)

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. It offers oral care products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouth rinses, as well as dental floss and pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals; personal care products, such as liquid hand soap, shower gels, bar soaps, deodorants, antiperspirants, shampoos, and conditioners; and home care products comprising laundry and dishwashing detergents, fabric conditioners, household cleaners, bleaches, dishwashing liquids, and oil soaps. The company offers its oral, personal, and home care products under the Colgate Total, Colgate Max Fresh, Colgate 360 Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Svanblar/Shutterstock A common antimicrobial agent called triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through mechanisms also relevant to humans, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found Triclosan’s broad use in consumer goods — including liquid hand soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, cosmetics, plastics, yoga mats, cutting boards and ice cream scoops — presents “a very real risk of liver toxicity for people, as it does in mice,” said Robert H. Tukey, a UC-San Diego professor and co-author of the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Triclosan, a synthetic, broad-spectrum antibacterial chemical, is coming under fire because of its links to endocrine disruption that could cause infertility, impaired muscle function and now increased cancer risks. It’s All Around The UC-San Diego study showed that mice exposed to triclosan for six months (roughly equivalent to 18 human years) had more and larger chemical-induced liver tumors than mice not exposed to the antimicrobial. Researchers believe triclosan may interfere with the protein responsible for detoxifying foreign chemicals in the body, thereby causing liver cells to proliferate and, over time, become cancerous tumors. Studies have found traces of triclosan in 97 percent of breast milk samples from lactating women and in the urine of nearly 75 percent of people tested, according to a statement by UC San Diego Health System. Triclosan is also one of the seven most frequently detected compounds in streams across the United States, the statement says. “We could reduce most human and environmental exposures by eliminating uses of triclosan that are high-volume, but of low-benefit, such as inclusion in liquid hand soaps,” said Bruce D. Hammock, professor at University of California, Davis. “Yet we could also for now retain uses shown to have health value — as in toothpaste, where the amount used is small.” Colgate-P

  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Friday

    Earnings Expected From: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL), Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO), Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) Economic Releases Expected: German consumer confidence, Italian retail sales, British GDP, U.S. new home sales

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    Andres Cardenal: Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL  ) , generates most of its sales and cash flows from its leadership position in the oral care industry. Management estimates that the company owns a global market share of 44.4% in toothpastes, 33.2% in toothbrushes, and 38.9% in mouthwashes.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    Up first is International Business Machines (IBM), a perfect example of a mega-cap stock that hasn’t traded anything like the broad market in 2014. Since the calendar flipped to January, IBM has sold off to the tune of 14%, underperforming the S&P by a huge margin. But long-suffering shareholders could be in store for a reprieve here — IBM is showing signs of a bottom this fall.

    That’s because IBM is currently forming an ascending triangle bottom, a bullish price setup that’s formed by horizontal resistance above shares (in this case at $165) and uptrending support to the downside. Basically, as IBM bounces in between those two technically important price levels, it’s getting squeezed closer to a breakout above that $165 price ceiling. When that happens, buyers are in control of shares again.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Most investors are familiar with the adage: “Buy low, sell high.” However, in reality it’s often difficult to buy a beaten down stock when everyone else seems to be running for the hills. Nevertheless, this can be a very rewarding strategy for patient investors. Below, the Motley Fool’s contributors explain why Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , IBM  (NYSE: IBM  ) , and ARM Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH  ) are three tech stocks poised to make a serious comeback in the quarters ahead.

  • [By GuruFocus]

    According to GuruFocus list of 52-week lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-week lows.International Business Machines Corp (IBM) Reached the 52-Week Low of $162.07The prices of International Business Machines Corp (IBM) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $162.07, which is 19.7% off the 52-week high of $199.21. International Business Machines Corp is owned by 35 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 15 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 14 reduced their positions.International Business Machines Corp was incorporated in the State of New York on June 16, 1911. International Business Machines Corp has a market cap of $160.39 billion; its shares were traded at around $162.07 with a P/E ratio of 13.30 and P/S ratio of 1.71. The dividend yield of International Business Machines Corp stocks is 2.62%. International Business Machines Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 11.10% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated International Business Machines Corp the business predictability rank of 4-star.IBM recently reported its third quarter 2014 financial results. The company announced diluted earnings for the quarter from continuing operations of $3.46 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $3.77 per share in the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of 8%.Brian Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) bought 750,000 shares in the quarter that ended on 06/30/2014, which is 0.48% of the $26.89 billion portfolio of T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund. Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) owns 146,846 shares as of 06/30/2014, an increase of 712.29% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.33% of the $7.99 billion portfolio of Gotham Asset Management, LLC. David Dreman (Trades, Portfolio) owns 11,540 shares as of 06/30/2014, a decrease of 25.5% of from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.16% of the $1.33 billion portfolio of Dreman Value Management.Chairman, Pres. and CEO Virginia M Rometty sold 1 0,819 shares of IBM s

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)


Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. The company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, retail stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, resellers, and value-added resellers. In addition, it sells third-party Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible products, including application software, printers, storage devices, speakers, headphones, and other accessories and peripherals through its online and retail stores; and digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. The company sells its products to consumer, small and mid-sized business, education, enterprise, government, and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, it had 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. The company, formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jamal Carnette]

    Gartner focuses on mobile phones sold during a particular period, allowing investors to detect trends more quickly, but the results can vary more than installed base figures that include preexisting users. Gartner’s survey also goes beyond mere handset makers — such as Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) , Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , Xiaomi, and Huawei — by including operating system statistics from Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) Android, Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows Phone. Here are three key takeaways from Gartner’s report.

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Crazybboy When you sign up for those two-year mobile service contracts in exchange for a lower price on the latest high-tech phone, you’re generally counting on that phone to last as long as your deal. But what if it gets dropped, is stepped on or just won’t turn on? Is Your Phone Less Than a Year Old? If you’re within the manufacturer’s warranty period, you’re probably OK. In the U.S., Apple (AAPL) will repair or replace its products if they fail within the first year. In my experience (two dead iPhones and one laptop with a damaged hard drive), a short visit to the Apple Store generally results in either a same-day repair or a brand-new replacement. However, Apple’s warranty won’t cover cosmetic damage (such as a cracked screen), normal wear and tear, or damage clearly caused by “misuse” (say, dropping the phone in water). Other popular phones, such as Samsung’s (SSNLF) Galaxy line, have a similar warranty policy. Older Than a Year? If you’re outside the warranty period or the damage is not covered by the manufacturer, but you still have months left on your contract, what to do? You could shell out for a brand-new phone… or check your credit card statement. That’s right: If you originally purchased the phone with a credit card, you may very well be covered for an additional year on top of the manufacturer’s warranty. American Express (AXP) and Visa (V) Signature cards even cover wear and tear and refurbished items, which are excluded by some cards’ policies. Many of these credit card warranties even add a year on to some warranties. Sounds Too Good to Be True… Of course, as with any type of warranty claim, you’ll have to provide documentation — an original receipt, proof of the card you used to purchase the item, a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty and a repair estimate are common requirements. If your claim is approved, the company can choose to cover the repair cost or reimburse your original purchase cost. What If the Damage Still Isn’t Co

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    www.losaltosca.govIn 2013, Los Altos’ Historic Commission called Steve Jobs’ boyhood home a historic resource. Say it ain’t so, Woz. The rags-to-riches story of Apple (AAPL) computer starting in the garage of Steve Jobs’ Los Altos boyhood home is “a bit of a myth,” says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The Woz told Bloomberg TV that the famous garage, heralded as the birthplace of the Apple empire, was really only a staging place where he’d take finished computers and “make them work.” “The garage represents us better than anything else, but we did no designs there,” Wozniak said. “We would drive finished products to the garage, make them work, then drive them to the store [in Mountain View, Calif.] that paid us cash.” The first Apple computers sold retail for $666.66 each, netting Jobs and Woziak about $250 profit, Woziak said. Nothing Productive? Really? Wozniak said the garage never housed a bustling workforce of groundbreaking geeks. “There were hardly ever more than two people in the garage, and mostly they were just sitting around doing nothing productive.”

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    djuggler/Flickr One of last week’s biggest losers was Pandora Media (P), shedding nearly 10 percent of its value after disruptive peer-to-peer taxi service Uber struck a deal with Spotify and media reports suggested that Apple (AAPL) was intensifying its digital music efforts. Consumer appetite for streaming music is growing, and Pandora is still the top dog. This would seem to make it a natural beneficiary of the trend, but some things aren’t working out so swimmingly for Pandora investors. The stock has shed more than half of its value since its springtime peak, and the marketplace is starting to get a lot more competitive. The Uber Challenge Uber has been making waves as the new way for car-less folks to get around. Instead of hailing a cab or dealing with the lengthy delays of mass transit, people who need to get somewhere can fire up the Uber app and have a registered driver come over and take them there for less than the conventional cab fare. Uber announced earlier this month that it’s teaming up with Pandora rival Spotify to allow that music service’s premium subscribers to play the tunes they want to hear through their driver’s stereo. All they need is an iPhone or Android smartphone with Bluetooth functionality. The offering rolled out in 10 Uber markets. Pandora has tried to get its integration in cars, but it could never let folks pick out the actual tracks they want to hear on a drive as a passenger. Unlike Spotify, where users single out the exact songs they want to hear, Pandora is a music discovery engine that plays similar tunes based on the user’s input. In theory, the Uber deal with Spotify is a small deal. Just a quarter of Spotify’s 40 million users are premium subscribers, and some would argue that many of those folks already have cars. However, it’s just one more way that a Pandora rival is standing out in this heated climate. Growth at Pandora, after all, is slowing. Its active user base has only increased 5 percent to 76.5 millio

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Chevron Corporation(CVX)


Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment involves in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as holds interest in a gas-to-liquids project. The Downstream segment engages in the refining of crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products primarily under the Chevron, Texaco, and Caltex brand names; transportation of crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacture and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses, and fuel and lubricant additives. It a lso produces and markets coal and molybdenum; and holds interests in 13 power assets with a total operating capacity of approximately 3,100 megawatts, as well as involves in cash management and debt financing activities, insurance operations, real estate activities, energy services, and alternative fuels and technology business. Chevron Corporation has a joint venture agreement with China National Petroleum Corporation. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corp. and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in May 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is based in San Ramon, California.


Advisors’ Opinion:

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    We’re in the same shoes as the consumer, the cost of fuel is less for us.

    “We’re in the same shoes as the consumer, the cost of fuel is less for us,” says Kevin Beyer, who owns Performance Fuels, a filling station and convenience store in Smithtown, New York. That means profits for Beyer and the nation’s 127,000 filling stations are rising. Before they sell gas to you, station owners buy gas on the wholesale market. When the wholesale price of gasoline falls quickly the difference between the cost of wholesale gasoline (including taxes) and the price at the pump gets wider, boosting profits for stations. The steeper the drop, the better. “It’s completely antithetical to what people believe,” says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. That difference has stretched to 21.7 cents a gallon this year, the highest ever, according to an OPIS analysis of 16,000 U.S. stations. That compares to an average of 17.1 cents over the last five years. On a percentage basis, station profitability is at its highest since 2005. And profits on diesel sales are even higher. “They are off the charts,” Kloza says. Yes, that means you could be paying even less for gasoline than you are. But before you cry foul, you should know that after all the ups and downs in a year, gas stations do not make much money from selling gasoline. After credit card fees and other operating costs, net profit for gasoline sales averages 3 cents a gallon, according the National Association of Convenience Stores. Scraping By When gas prices soar, and drivers think they’re being gouged, stations are barely scraping by or even losing money. When the wholesale price is soaring, like it did in 2008, 2011 and 2012, station owners can’t increase the price at the pump as fast as their costs are going up or they risk losing customers to competitors. When the wholesale price is going down, like now, there isn’t the same pressure to lower the price. Drivers are so happy to se

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    HSBC’s Gordon Gray and team think it’s time to start buying big oil companies like Total (TOT), Chevron (CVX) and BP (BP). In a report released yesterday, they explained why:

  • [By Amber Harris]

    A few of Ketterer’s most recent stock purchases include: Eli Lily and Co (LLY), Chevron Corp (CVX) and Synnex Corp (SNX).

    Eli Lily and Co (LLY)

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company owns and operates VisaNet, a global processing platform that provides transaction processing services. It also offers a range of payments platforms, which enable credit, charge, deferred debit, debit, and prepaid payments, as well as cash access for consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company provides its payment platforms under the Visa, Visa Electron, PLUS, and Interlink brand names. In addition, it offers value-added services, including risk management, issuer processing, loyalty, dispute management, value-added information, and CyberSource-branded services. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Crazybboy When you sign up for those two-year mobile service contracts in exchange for a lower price on the latest high-tech phone, you’re generally counting on that phone to last as long as your deal. But what if it gets dropped, is stepped on or just won’t turn on? Is Your Phone Less Than a Year Old? If you’re within the manufacturer’s warranty period, you’re probably OK. In the U.S., Apple (AAPL) will repair or replace its products if they fail within the first year. In my experience (two dead iPhones and one laptop with a damaged hard drive), a short visit to the Apple Store generally results in either a same-day repair or a brand-new replacement. However, Apple’s warranty won’t cover cosmetic damage (such as a cracked screen), normal wear and tear, or damage clearly caused by “misuse” (say, dropping the phone in water). Other popular phones, such as Samsung’s (SSNLF) Galaxy line, have a similar warranty policy. Older Than a Year? If you’re outside the warranty period or the damage is not covered by the manufacturer, but you still have months left on your contract, what to do? You could shell out for a brand-new phone… or check your credit card statement. That’s right: If you originally purchased the phone with a credit card, you may very well be covered for an additional year on top of the manufacturer’s warranty. American Express (AXP) and Visa (V) Signature cards even cover wear and tear and refurbished items, which are excluded by some cards’ policies. Many of these credit card warranties even add a year on to some warranties. Sounds Too Good to Be True… Of course, as with any type of warranty claim, you’ll have to provide documentation — an original receipt, proof of the card you used to purchase the item, a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty and a repair estimate are common requirements. If your claim is approved, the company can choose to cover the repair cost or reimburse your original purchase cost. What If the Damage Still Isn’t Co

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    www.blackcard.com Black cards are the most exclusive credit cards on the market, and these rare credit cards are in the pockets of some of the wealthiest citizens around the world. Here’s what it takes — and what you can get. 1. Eurasian Bank Diamond Card Featuring a 0.02-carat diamond surrounded by a golden heart design, the Eurasian Bank Diamond Card is a sign of wealth and elegance through and through. The black card requirements for this exclusive credit card is you have to be a member of the Eurasian bank in Kazakhstan, and you also have to have $300,000 or more in your bank account. 2. The Visa (V) Signature Card Visa’s true top of the line card is the Visa Signature Card, which features some amazing perks like no preset spending limits; access to special sporting events and concert tickets; VIP access to entertainment venues like Broadway shows and musicals; travel accommodations at spas, hotels and with airlines; and special dining experiences. 3. The Chase (JPM) Sapphire Preferred Card For those who look for exclusivity but prefer not to bank with Visa or Amex (AXP), there is the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. The Preferred Card is aimed at households in the United States earning at least $120,000 per year. Big perks include no preset spending limit and a strong rewards program for members. Other notable differences from other black card offerings include: Identity protection; a small $95 per year fee; enhanced travel rewards redemption points; rental insurance; travel protection insurance; emergency travel assistance and extended warranty protection for up to one year. 4. The Black Brazilian MasterCard (MA) from the Santander Group The Santander Group (BSBR) in Brazil offers the unlimited Brazilian Black MasterCard, which is only issued to members of its private bank with a certain undisclosed amount of funds in their accounts. Currently, it is one of the hottest cards in Latin America — with only about 3,000 in circulation. Perks of the c

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks are reasonably strong today–except for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is very strong thanks to super-sized gain in Visa (V).

    REUTERS

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has jumped 207.27 points, or 1.2%, to 17,181.58 at 1:43 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 has risen 0.7% to 1,996.12. The Nasdaq Composite has risen 0.4% to 4,568.13 and the small-company Russell 2000 has advanced 0.4% to 1,151.37.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: McDonald’s Corporation(MCD)

McDonald?s Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a worldwide foodservice retailer. It franchises and operates McDonald?s restaurants that offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 32,478 restaurants in 117 countries, of which 26,216 were operated by franchisees; and 6,262 were operated by the company. McDonald?s Corporation was founded in 1948 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    AlamyDiners at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Gainesville, Fla. NEW YORK — Unlike most fast-food chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) isn’t into the holidays. There are no new menu items, no special promotions and no store decorations. Your experience in the restaurant is pretty much the same in December as it is in July. So far, that “bah humbug” strategy has worked out well for the burrito and salad bowl company. Chipotle’s fourth-quarter same-store sales have increased an average of 8.1 percent going back to 2011, according to Bloomberg data. By comparison, chains that go all out for the holidays — Starbucks (SBUX) Americas, McDonald’s (MCD) and Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) — have seen smaller gains during the same period.


    Gimmicks like that are the rule in the fast-food universe, but have never been part of our strategy.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    But within the opportunity lies a conundrum: There is no other pure retail coffee competitor anywhere near the size of Starbucks to which it can be compared. The company competes with quick service restaurants like McDonald’s  (NYSE: MCD  ) at breakfast, fast-casual restaurants such as Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA  ) at lunch, and local coffee chains and independent coffee houses during other dayparts. 

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-576733{display:none}.cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-576733,#postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-576733{width:570px;display:block} NEW YORK — Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts. The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to be announced Monday and hit stores Nov. 19. Executives are hoping the revamp — which includes an updated logo and more relaxed uniforms for workers — will be the trick that finally jumpstarts sales. Pizza Hut, which is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum Brands (YUM) and based in Plano, Texas, has reported sales declines for eight straight quarters at established locations, even as rivals Domino’s (DPZ) and Papa John’s (PZZA) have enjoyed gains. To regain its footing, Pizza Hut is turning to a growing trend in the industry: giving people greater flexibility to tailor orders exactly to their tastes. The popularity of places such as Chipotle Mexican Grill that let people select toppings has prompted a variety of chains to play up their own customization options. Even McDonald’s (MCD), which grew to popularity in part because of its consistency, is testing a format in California that lets people build their own burgers by picking the bun, patty and toppings they want. Pizza Hut is still keeping its most popular pies on the menu, such as the Meat Lover’s and Veggie Lover’s, while adding 11 new specialty pies and a section of “Skinny” pies that are lower in calories. But for people who like to design their own pies, it’s giving them yet more ways to do so at no extra cost. For the base sauce, people will be able pick from six options, including marinara, garlic Parmesan and honey Sriracha. They can also add swirl of flavor to their pies, picking from four “drizzles” including balsamic and buffalo. And they’ll be able to brus

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Credit: StarbucksStarbucks’ artichoke and goat cheese flat bread NEW YORK — In an attempt to keep the sales and profits flowing nearly around the clock, Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) and Starbucks (SBUX) are planning to sell more dinner-friendly foods in 2015. The endless-work clock that many folks are on — constantly checking emails and text messages — may be causing the need for certain restaurant chains to evolve in order to compete with go-to fast food dinner destinations Chipotle (CMG) and McDonald’s (MCD). “Though breakfast remains our core, today people are seeking all-day dining, and they want to eat what they want, when they want it and where they want it — that’s why we are so committed to menu innovation and giving our guests even more options that they can enjoy any time of day,” John Costello, Dunkin’ Donuts president, global marketing and innovation, said in an interview with TheStreet. Dunkin’ Donuts has already begun to introduce a dinner staple — steak — this fall, recently making a steak sandwich and a wrap with eggs permanent additions to its menu. Only 40 percent of Dunkin’ Donuts’ sales come after 11 a.m., leaving a lot of room for growth. Sales Boost With hardier menu items typically reserved for dinner, sales could grow at the more than 2,300 Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S. that are open 24 hours. Most Dunkin’ Donuts, Costello said, are open until 10 p.m. Dunkin’ Donuts may draw inspiration for dinner from overseas. “We have a variety of products and flavors that are tailored to the regional preferences of our guests around the world such as donuts stuffed, topped and glazed with everything from rice pudding to saffron to crushed pistachios in India,” Costello said. Dunkin’ Donuts India also offers burgers and wraps. Dunkin’ Donuts’ focus on food for those on the go contrasts with Starbucks’ goal of trying to keep customers inside its remodeled coffeehouses. Moving Forward Starbucks is pressing ahead with its evening menu, which cons

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Philip Morris International Inc(PM)


Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Its international product brand line comprises Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. The company also offers its products under the A Mild, Dji Sam Soe, and A Hijau in Indonesia; Diana in Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in the Russian Federation; Morven Gold in Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Belmont, Canadian Classics, and Number 7 in Canada; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece; and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It operates primarily in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, and Latin America. The company is based in New York, New York.


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Stocks with low turnover include Philip Morris International (PM), Schlumberger (SLB), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), General Electric (GE) and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

     

    As the second-largest tobacco company in the world, $137 billion cigarette company Philip Morris International (PM) has the whole “sin stock” thing down pat. PM owns nearly a third of the ex-China market for cigarettes, with some of the most popular global brands under its corporate umbrella. At the top of the pack is the firm’s flagship Marlboro label, which accounts for more than a third of volume. Other brands include L&M, Philip Morris, and Parliament.

     

    But don’t mistake PM for the company manufacturing Marlboro cigarettes here in the U.S. — this firm, which spun out from Altria (MO) in 2008, is 100% ex-U.S. That’s actually spectacular positioning, because it means that PM is the part of legacy Altria’s tobacco business that’s actually still growing. At the same time that cigarette sales here in the U.S. die a slow death, PM’s emerging market business is seeing quick growth rates. The combination of a sticky product (consumers don’t tend to switch cigarette brands often), and premium positioning with Marlboro means that PM earns thick net profit margins (28% last year) for its trouble.

     

    The strong dollar has been a thorn in PM’s side in the last few years — since the firm earns revenues in local currencies and then reports in dollars, any upside in the greenback presents currency risk. Even so, growth in the firm’s core emerging markets has outpaced the dollar’s climb in this environment. Another mitigating factor is PM’s huge 4.5% dividend yield — with low interest rates likely to persist for some time, that yield should look increasingly attractive as time wears on.

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  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Similarly, in 2008, Altria spun off its Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM  ) unit. In that case, Philip Morris represented the larger portion of the business, making up almost 70% of the overall value of the pre-merger company. Again, the dividends that Altria paid after the merger were in line with the domestic segment’s previous share of payouts.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    …large stocks can outperform in ’risk on,’ rising markets, as well as in bifurcated markets like this year. A period of large cap outperformance is not necessarily a bear market phenomenon. The large cap rally during the dot-com boom is a classic example, as large technology companies led the market. In the ‘80s, large multinational growth companies such as Coca-Cola (KO), Pfizer (PFE), and Philip Morris (PM) led the charge. It is also important to note that during these periods both large and small stocks delivered positive returns.