|Bid||3,267.50 x 0|
|Ask||3,269.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||3,210.50 - 3,282.50|
|52 Week Range||2,513.00 - 3,633.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.91|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||25.08|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.69 (2.10%)|
|1y Target Est||2,916.05|
Rating Action: Moody's confirms US Virgin Islands' Caa3 issuer rating; outlook stable. Global Credit Research- 19 Sep 2019. New York, September 19, 2019-- Moody's Investors Service has confirmed the US ...
Spirits maker Diageo Plc said on Thursday it was "not immune" to changes in global trade policies, but based on the current environment expects to meet its full-year organic sales targets. The Johnnie Walker whisky and Tanqueray gin maker said it continues to expect organic net sales growth to be towards the mid-point of a 4% to 6% range and organic operating profit to grow roughly one percentage point ahead of organic net sales. The company also said it expects first-half organic operating profit growth to be in-line with or slightly behind organic net sales growth, due to stronger prior year comparables.
Consumer staples stocks have largely fallen off the radar in recent months. Investors have been much more focused on growth as corporate earnings have pleasantly surprised, the U.S.-China trade spat showed signs of hope and the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates steady.Naturally, these more defensive companies haven't been especially red-hot of late. Consumer staples stocks have lagged the marketwide bounce that took shape beginning in late December. But with many other sectors starting to feel the weight of unwieldy gains, and with China trade talks yet again hitting turbulence, the sector might be ready to heat up again.Steve Azoury, founder of financial planning firm Azoury Financial, says, "Consumer staples, the products that people use every day, will always be a big part of America's economy." "The trick," he adds, is identifying the companies that "will stay innovative and update their products and services to excite their customers, and thus the stock prices for investors."Here are 17 of the best consumer staples stocks to invest in at the moment. While some of these are blue-chip stocks that should ring a bell, others are lesser-known companies that serve as the backbone of brands you may be more familiar with. Almost all of them provide varying levels of dividend income. SEE ALSO: 57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On
Diageo Plc averted a planned strike on Tuesday at Scottish distilleries after reaching an agreement on worker pay with the GMB and Unite unions, a representative for the company said. The two-year deal includes a 3% pay increase in the first year and then a cost of living increase and a performance-based incentive bonus in the second year, the company said. More than 1,000 workers at Diageo's Scottish distilleries were set to go on strike, starting 2100 GMT on Tuesday.
The latest earnings update Diageo plc (LON:DGE) released in August 2019 suggested that the business gained from a...
Unions at Diageo are demanding a 5% pay rise for workers due to go on strike in Scotland later this month and believe the stoppages will cost the drinks company 1 million pounds ($1.2 million) a day, a source familiar with the matter said. A Diageo spokeswoman said that the unions had initially demanded 5% pay hikes when talks started in May, but had since come down to 3.5%. Members of Scotland's Unite and GMB unions, who make up half of Diageo's 3,000 Scottish workforce, are set to go on rolling strikes at the company's Cameronbridge, Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland between Sept. 17 and 27, after talks with Diageo collapsed last month.
A Diageo spokeswoman said that the unions had initially demanded 5% pay hikes when talks started in May, but had since come down to 3.5%. Members of Scotland's Unite and GMB unions, who make up half of Diageo's 3,000 Scottish workforce, are set to go on rolling strikes at the company's Cameronbridge, Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland between Sept. 17 and 27, after talks with Diageo collapsed last month. The unions on Aug. 30 again rejected Diageo's offer to increase wages by 2.8%, after rejecting a prior offer of 2.5%.
[Editor's note: "6 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now" was previously published in June 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.] From continuing concerns about the China-U.S. trade war to worries about the yield curve inversion, the stock market still faces many steep risks.America's political situation hasn't been this tense in decades. The EU is facing a host of challenges, and there's always volatility lurking somewhere.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAdd it all up, and things could easily get volatile quite soon. That leaves investors wondering where they can go for safety.After years of tech outperforming everything, the problems facing Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) have many people bailing on those stocks as well. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market That leaves safe-haven dividend stocks as a more favorable alternative. Here are six worth taking a look at. Diageo (DEO)Dividend Yield: 2.00%Rain or shine, good economy or bad, people like to drink alcohol. And for safe dividend seekers, that makes Diageo (NYSE:DEO) an ideal play. While its name may not be familiar, its brands almost certainly are. Diageo owns and manufactures Guinness beer, Captain Morgan rum, Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker whiskey, among many others. Source: Puamella via Flickr (Modified)DEO stock is a well-known safe haven for investors. The company is headquartered in the U.K. and was one of the very few stocks to go up the day after Brexit in that country as British investors sold risky stocks and moved to safety. Diageo will again serve as a safe haven whenever the next bear market/recession hits.Diageo isn't just a great business, it's also a great dividend play. The company has continuously raised its dividend (as measured in its home currency of British Pounds) each of the past 20 years. Campbell Soup (CPB)Dividend Yield: 3.1%Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) is one of the unloved packaged-foods makers. It's not hard to see why, if you only think about the company's name. Canned soup certainly isn't trendy with younger consumers at this point. And there's a general nutritional wariness about heavily salted foods.Source: Shutterstock That said, there's much more to Campbell Soup than just the iconic red cans. The company is more and more a snack food play. As we know, while Americans profess an interest in healthier eating, they still love their junk food from time to time. Campbell's, owner of Hanover, Pop Secret, Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm, is in a great position to profit off of this. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market Pepsico (NYSE:PEP), the leader in snacks, consistently gets a high P/E ratio from the market, as investors acknowledge the stickiness of their brands with consumers. The market, however, is not appreciating Campbell Soup as much. Shares are down from $50 in 2017 to $45 now. PacWest Bancorp (PACW)Dividend Yield: 7.15%After investors dumped bank stocks late last year, a lot of value has been created in this generally overlooked sector of the market, where solid dividends abound.Source: Shutterstock That brings us to PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW), which offers a more-than 7% dividend yield at the moment. Headquartered in Los Angeles, PacWest is a major player throughout the California market and currently sports a $4 billion market cap. That puts it in a sweet spot, size-wise, where it may still be a buyout candidate, but it is large enough to manage the rising costs of regulation and banking technology costs.Despite the horrid state of the California housing market in 2008, PacWest survived the crisis. In fact, its shares never came close to zero during the panic. The bank has come out stronger, and is now generating record profits. Thanks to the corporate tax cuts in particular, PACW stock is now at a cheap P/E ratio of just 8.7 times its trailing earnings. New York Community Bancorp (NYCB)Dividend Yield: 8.61%Despite its large yield, New York Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:NYCB) is an even safer bank stock. NYCB stock currently yields 8.61%, and they earn more than enough to cover the dividend, with earnings coming in at around 79 cents and dividends at 68 cents annually. NYCB stock was down 12% last year because the sector was down, as discussed above. Over the last few months, though, it has fought its way back to the levels it traded at before the fall. That's why the bank is one of the safest in the country. It lends primarily against multi-family homes in New York City, one of the lowest-risk lending markets out there. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market The bank's loans barely budged in performance even during 2008. With a strong dividend covered out of earnings and a safe loan book, investors can earn a large dividend income from a most conservative bank. Southern Co (SO)Dividend Yield: 4.13%In the worst of times, people tend to still want to use electricity. Even a severe economic downturn tends to not impact utility stocks too dramatically. As such, it's a sound sector to buy when investors get panicky, such as what we're seeing with the market now.Source: Desiree Kane via FlickrSouthern Co (NYSE:SO), as one of the highest-yielding large power utilities, checks the boxes for safe dividend stocks here. SO stock is currently yielding more than 4%.Its high yield is in large part, it seems, due to interest rates having gone up. Many investors treat utility stocks as substitutes for bonds. As such, when interest rates go up, investors demand a higher yield from their utility stock as well. If interest rates were to keep surging for years to come, SO stock would likely underperform. Right now, though, that clearly is not the case. Exxon Mobil (XOM)Dividend Yield: 5%Speaking of things people use in good times and bad, gasoline ranks pretty high on the list. Sure there is a minor drop-off in consumption during recessions, as people take fewer road trips, for example, but in general, oil and gas is a safe haven business. And Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) as the largest U.S. player is a true sleep-well-at-night stock.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)The combination of a fortress balance sheet, diversified operations and a storied dividend make XOM stock an excellent place to endure market storms. It may seem strange to call Exxon diversified. But what many investors don't realize is that much of big oil has spun off the other segments of their businesses.We saw a ton of refining and pipelines subsidiaries moved out of the parent companies into MLPs and other corporate entities. That is all well and good as far as shareholder value maximization goes. But Exxon's more diversified approach ensures that it remains solidly profitable even when the price of oil plummets, as it did in recent years.XOM stock is hardly the most exciting name in a high-growth market. But at 16.7 times earnings and paying a 4% dividend yield, it is a fine option for defensive investors. And buyers are still getting a fair value at this point.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned DEO, CPB, PACW, NYCB and XOM stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market * 10 Stocks to Buy to Ride China's Emerging Wealth The post 6 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Pernod Ricard SA reported its strongest annual earnings growth in seven years, fueled by Chinese demand, and announced a 1 billion-euro ($1.1 billion) share buyback.After sales in China surged 21%, the company is doubling down in that market by building a $150 million distillery in Sichuan province to produce single malt whisky. The company also announced the $223 million purchase of New York-based Castle Brands to add Jefferson’s bourbon to its portfolio.The positive results add steam to a distilling industry that’s been an outperformer in the wider consumer-goods sector. The revival of cocktail culture has boosted sales of high-end liquor brands such as Pernod Ricard’s Monkey 47 gin and Martell cognac.Profit from recurring operations rose 8.7% to 2.58 billion euros in the year through June, edging out analysts’ estimates. However, the company forecast profit growth may slow slightly this year to a rate of 5% to 7%.The stock rose as much as 4.6% to a record 174.25 euros Thursday.“We suspect management are being prudent, rather than this being a signal of weaker underlying trends,” wrote Trevor Stirling, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Last year Pernod Ricard started out with the same forecast, then raised it twice.Pernod Ricard is under pressure after activist investor Elliott Management Corp. took a stake in the company late last year. The buyback follows rival Diageo Plc’s plan to return as much as 4.5 billion pounds ($5.5 billion) to shareholders.The French company also raised its dividend so that it’s now paying out 50% of earnings.“Now that we’ve significantly deleveraged our business to the lowest leverage ratio in at least 15 years, it’s the right time to clarify our strategy with shareholders,” Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Ricard said by phone of the buyback plan. He said the payout ratio has been lower over the past decade because of Pernod Ricard’s acquisition strategy.The distillery in the Chinese city of Emeishan will be the first built buy a foreign spirits maker in that country and is scheduled to begin production in 2021. Pernod Ricard hired Neri & Hu, renowned Chinese architects, to build the site, which it intends to promote as a tourist destination.(Updates with analyst comment in sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Buckley in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at email@example.com, Thomas Mulier, John LauermanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Profit growth at spirits maker Pernod Ricard, which is being targeted by activist investor Elliott, accelerated in the 2018/19 financial year, driven by strong demand in China where Pernod will invest $150 million to produce malt whisky. Pernod, which is the world's second-biggest spirits group behind Diageo, handed investors a 32% dividend hike and unveiled plans to buy back up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in shares. Pernod Ricard is under pressure from U.S. hedge fund Elliott to improve profit margins and corporate governance.
MIAMI, Aug. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Tanqueray, widely-known as the world's most celebrated gin, has released Tanqueray Sevilla Orange. Tanqueray Sevilla Orange is created by infusing the brand's four-times distilled classic London Dry gin with the essence of orange. Tanqueray has been making world-class gin for over 185 years.
Millennial and Gen Z drinkers reveal they are ditching beer for hard seltzers like White Claw, because beer "makes them fat," according to a new survey.
NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnnie Walker and HBO Licensing & Retail are introducing two new Scotch Whiskies to the realm in honor of the enduring legacy of the critically acclaimed HBO® series Game of Thrones. A continued collaboration with HBO, these limited edition whisky blends are inspired by the iconic and powerful houses of Westeros – House Stark and House Targaryen – and are successors to the White Walker by Johnnie Walker limited edition blend launched in 2018.
Members of one of Diageo Plc's biggest Scottish unions are set to go on strike, days after talks over pay raise fell through, threatening the production of some the region's most popular whiskies. Scotland's Unite union said that 500 workers at Diageo's Cameron Bridge, Leven and Shieldhall sites have voted in support of industrial action, with strikes at the company's distilling and bottling plants now likely to begin in September and go on till November. Members of the union were balloted for strike action after a 2.8% pay raise offer by Diageo was rejected by the union last month.
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government needs to loosen regulations and automatically authorise tens of thousands of companies to trade with the European Union to minimise disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit, industry leaders have warned. The executive chairman of Debenhams will step down next month as the owners of the department stores chain appoint Stefaan Vansteenkiste, a so-called "company doctor", as its next chief executive.