sold at 32.79 PPS. just got tired of stagnant value. saw zero growth in 12 months as the DOW grew. yield not enough to compensate. took all proceeds and purchased COP (ConocoPhilips). got a much better yield and much greater potential to realize capital gains. went from food to oil. lol. liked CPB but, let's face it, despite dividend income i suffered from cost of lost opportunity. gl to you all. i will still buy bean with bacon. oh yeah, i still retain HNZ (Heinz) and have done tremendously better over the last year with HNZ as i did with CPB.
It's always darkest before dawn. I think it's entirely possible that this long period of consolidation is nearing its end. We've seen this before with Heinz and with Hershey, where it seemed like shares were never going to break out.
We have new, effective leadership, demonstrated by a smart purchase into faster growing businesses, new soup additions are taking advantage of demographic trends, while PEP farms has proven to be a stalwart. Also we should see tailwinds with metal and packaging costs softening. Further, I think V-8 will prove to be a great growth platform under new management.