|Bid||54.31 x 800|
|Ask||54.49 x 800|
|Day's Range||53.95 - 54.49|
|52 Week Range||44.25 - 54.82|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.34|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||33.18|
|Earnings Date||Oct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.60 (2.97%)|
|1y Target Est||57.22|
When folks think of the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) portfolio and its collection of holdings, most of which were selected by Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, the companies that most readily come to mind are probably American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO) and, more recently, Apple (AAPL).But a deep dive into Berkshire Hathaway's equity holdings reveals a more complicated picture.Berkshire Hathaway held positions in 47 separate stocks as of June 30, according to the most recent regulatory filing (Aug. 14) with the Securities and Exchange Commission - down from 48 in the first quarter of this year, as he dumped USG Corp. (USG). But the portfolio of "Buffett stocks" isn't as diversified as the number might suggest. In some cases, BRK.B holds more than one share class in the same company. Some holdings are so small as to be immaterial leftovers from earlier bets the Oracle of Omaha has yet to completely exit.And perhaps most importantly, Berkshire Hathaway's equity portfolio is actually pretty concentrated. The top six holdings account for almost 70% of the portfolio's total value. The top 10 positions comprise 80%. Banks and airlines, to cite a couple of sectors, carry quite a load in this portfolio. Then there's the fact that several Buffett stocks actually were picked by portfolio managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.Here, we examine each and every holding to give investors a better understanding of the entire Berkshire Hathaway portfolio. SEE ALSO: 50 Top Stocks That Billionaires Love
Does stock market volatility have you ready to toss in the towel? My advice is use it to your advantage with IPO stocks Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) and Luckin Coffee (NASDAQ:LK), where growth has quickly met up with value on the price chart. Let me explain.It's hard to keep up with the broader market's day-to-day gyrations. Wall Street swings from triumphant cheers to worrisome jeers and vice versa. From weak global economic data spooking investors to applause for the delay on levying tariffs on certain Chinese goods, it's hard to keep up with the headlines. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On More importantly, please don't forget the names Pinterest, Beyond Meat and Luckin Coffee. One of these stocks could be the next Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) or even Starbuck's (NASDAQ:SBUX). Bottom line, in today's wild trading environment these three recent IPO stocks are providing investors the opportunity to buy into big-time growth potential at advantageous prices.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips IPO Stock to Buy No. 1: Pinterest (PINS)PINS stock is the first of our recent IPO stocks to buy. The super popular web-based visual discovery platform blasted past earnings views and collectively caught investors' eyes as shares exploded higher by nearly 19% in early August.Technically, just over two weeks after reporting and with lots of market turbulence in between, PINS stock has pulled back approximately by 10% from a classic cup-with-handle pattern breakout attempt. This came after scoring fresh all-time highs.It's easy to blame overall market action for the first failure in this IPO stock. Ultimately, it hasn't been a great environment for buying breakouts. But with PINS stock still holding its own technically, there's reason to believe a second attempt will pay investors handsomely. PINS Stock TradeThe recommendation for PINS stock is to put shares on the radar for buying on a breakout above $35.30. That's only likely to occur if the major averages can rally for more than a day and begin to show more convincing signs of bottoming.A second approach for this IPO stock is to buy shares on weakness. I'd recommend looking for a daily chart pivot low to form. Then buy PINS stock on confirmation of a bottom. In order to keep this purchase technically constructive, I'd also make sure the PINS stock price consolidation continues to hold near $31 a share. IPO Stock to Buy No. 2: Beyond Meat (BYND)Beyond Meat is the second of our recent IPO stocks to watch. The alternative, plant-based meats company served up a sizzling, but not "meaty" enough, earnings report a couple weeks ago and word of a below-the-market secondary priced at $160 a share. The combination of reports didn't sit well with Wall Street.Technically, investors immediately punished shares, quickly dismantling BYND stock's uptrend line in free-fall-style price action. Subsequent pressure now has this first-to-market innovator testing its 50% Fibonacci level for support. BYND Stock TradeWhen will the selling pressure in this IPO stock abate? It's hard to know. But given that BYND stock is now well beneath the secondary pricing and testing a key retracement level, this deep pullback is worth monitoring for a bottom to emerge. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall My advice is for investors to wait for a weekly reversal candlestick to be confirmed before entering into a long position. With this strategy, bulls will give up some immediate profit in this highly volatile IPO stock. More importantly, the approach should allow investors to buy growth at a discount and avoid being grilled for entering too quickly. IPO Stock to Buy No. 3: Luckin (LK)Luckin Coffee is the last of our IPO stocks that's setting up to buy. I'll credit InvestorPlace's Luke Lango for alerting me to this China-based upstart and its promising path to substantial longer-term returns for investors.It's true, Luckin Coffee does have its work cut out for it. The company is competing against the aforementioned coffee powerhouse Starbucks, which has already successfully penetrated this massive overseas market. But still, the opportunity is there. And as Luke notes, with a solid technology-based focus and an eye-popping sales growth runway that's affirming this IPO stock's toehold is working, LK stock is one to pick up on weakness. LK Stock TradeLK stock is testing its 50% and 62% Fibonacci levels and its lower Bollinger Band. Shares are also oversold based on the position of its stochastics indicator. However, this week's earnings-driven breakdown of trend support shouldn't be entirely dismissed. It could be a slippery path to retest this IPO stock's all-time-low near $14 a share. Anything is possible.My recommendation on LK stock is to wait for a daily chart bottoming candle to be confirmed if shares can maintain a bid above $18.75. This allows for a modest bit of wiggle room beneath the 62% level. That also respects exiting the position on a more convincing failure of this key technical support in anticipation of a more durable purchase at deeper and well-chilled levels of investor anxiety.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management currently own positions in Pinterest (PINS) and its derivatives, but no other securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 3 Recent IPO Stock Pullbacks Worth Watching appeared first on InvestorPlace.
It could have been worse. At one point on Thursday, the S&P 500 was down as much as 0.5% before rallying back to end the session up a quarter of a percent. Investors entertained doubts about the idea that the recent yield curve inversion has to lead to a recession.Source: Shutterstock Walmart (NYSE:WMT) gets the bulk of the credit for yesterday's gain. Shares of the retailer jumped more than 60% after the company delivered second-quarter numbers that exceeded expectations. E-commerce revenue remains particularly impressive for the world's biggest retailer.Yet, though the broad market made gains, the number of advancers was only slightly higher than the number of decliners, and bearish volume was actually greater than buying volume.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWeighing stocks back more than any other name was General Electric (NYSE:GE), down more than 11% on accusations that it has been doctoring its accounting statements in a way that covers up a great number of liabilities that will cost the company billions. Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) plunged nearly 9% after serving up lackluster guidance stemming from the tariff war underway with China. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On As the last trading day of the week kicks off, however, it's the stock charts of Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) that merit the closest looks. Here's why. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)Although most stocks bounced back from recent weakness on Thursday, it's not surprising that Freeport-McMoRan didn't. Shares have been trapped in a downtrend for years, and that selloff was renewed at the beginning of last year when a rising support line was snapped.It's possible, however, yesterday's 4% tumble may have also served as a capitulation that ends up becoming the low point of the current bearish swing. That dip pulled the stock back to an established floor, forcing the bulls and the bears -- if not both -- to finally make a commitment. * Click to EnlargeAlthough you have to go back to 2017 to see the initial low that serves as the first node of a falling support line, plotted in blue on both stock charts, it's clear that FCX has been getting pushed toward the tip of a converging wedge pattern. * The weekly chart also indicates Freeport-McMoRan shares broke below what had been a technical floor at $9.50, marked in yellow on the weekly chart that also plots the rising support line, in red, that snapped in the middle of last year to let a new pullback take shape. * Although technically weak and suffering from bearish momentum, Thursday's kiss of the lower boundary of a descending wedge pattern opens the door to the possibility FCX could attempt to rebound from here. The upper boundary of the wedge, in white, remains intact though. Microsoft (MSFT)Giving credit where it's due, Microsoft shares have impressively stood up to marketwide weakness that started to seriously undermine other stocks late last month. Since peaking in July, MSFT shares have only fallen less than 6%. The S&P 500 is also still decidedly below most of its key moving average lines, while Microsoft is still above its key lines, or only modestly below the ones it's under.Microsoft shares are slowly slipping into a funk, however, putting pressure on key support levels, and failing to find support at others. One, perhaps two, more bearish days could push MSFT over the proverbial cliff and pull the rug out from underneath this name that has rallied about as far as it can feasibly go for the time being. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * Click to EnlargeThe key floor now under attack is the straight-line span connecting February's, June's and now this month's low, plotted as a light blue line on the daily chart. * Zooming out to the weekly chart of Microsoft it becomes clear that this year's rally has pushed MSFT stock to the upper edge of a rising bullish channel, where it has started to fade. Notice the weekly chart's MACD line is now below zero, after several weeks of lower lows. * Assuming history will repeat itself, MSFT shares are now positioned to slide back to the lower edge of that range plotted with a yellow line on the weekly chart. It now stands at $111.70, but is rising quickly. Coca-Cola (KO)Finally, Coca-Cola shares have been on a rampage since March, rallying more than 20% for the five-month stretch. More than that though, the advance has pushed KO stock out of a long-term trading range and into uncharted waters. Although overbought, shares even confirmed the strength of this breakout thrust by pulling back, finding support at a key line in the sand and then bouncing back above a long-term technical ceiling.While the momentum is undeniable, the scope of the rally thus far is unnerving. The risk of a wave of profit-taking is abnormally high. The good news is, the make-or-break line in the sand has already been identified and verified. * Click to EnlargeThe support level in question is the 50-day moving average line, plotted in purple on the daily chart. That line prompted the reversal that materialized two weeks ago, and is highlighted on the daily chart. * Backing out to a weekly chart, the basis of the worry becomes clear. Just in the past few weeks, KO stock has broken above a technical ceiling that has kept shares in check since 2013. It's plotted in white. * Although there's plenty of risk of a pullback that would bring Coca-Cola stock back to the trading range's floor near $46, marked in yellow, there has been an impressive amount of buying volume persistently through this unparalleled advance.At the time of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. To learn more about James, visit his site at jamesbrumley.com, or follow him in twitter at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Freeport-McMoRan, Microsoft and Coca-Cola appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The two beverage giants have earned their places among the so-called dividend aristocrats, the stocks that keep the payouts to investors coming year after year.
DOW UPDATE Buoyed by positive gains for shares of Walmart and Coca-Cola, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing Thursday morning. Shares of Walmart (WMT) and Coca-Cola (KO) have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally, as the Dow (DJIA) is trading 69 points (0.
FEMSA (FMX) gains from initiatives like expanding store base, diversifying the business portfolio and focusing on core business. But soft margin trend and increased costs are deterrents.
The 11th annual Hearts and Hands Gala benefiting Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019, at Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead. Helen and Jimmy Carlos, Atlanta philanthropists and longtime supporters of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities will be honored at this year’s Gala in celebration of the Charity’s 40th anniversary. The Hearts and Hands Gala is our opportunity to recognize the devotion of some of the generous individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on our mission,” said Beth Howell, President and CEO, Atlanta RMHC.
It was a wicked Wednesday as stocks tumbled amid mounting concerns that some major global economies, including the U.S., are flirting with recessions. Adding to the recession concerns, there was another instance of yield curve inversion today.For those not familiar with the vernacular, yield curve inversion is an instance of 10-year Treasury yields dipping below those on 2-year notes. This has happened several times this year. Over the course of history, such inversions have proven to be reliable harbingers of looming economic contraction.Speaking of contracting, that's exactly what Germany's economy, the Eurozone's largest, is doing which adds to risk-off pall cast over global equity markets.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul "Germany's economy shrank 0.1 percent from April through June and has been treading water for the last year, the government's official statistics agency said. Analysts at Deutsche Bank predicted that the economy will shrink during the current quarter as well, meeting the technical definition of a recession," reports The New York Times.Here in the U.S., the Nasdaq Composite plunged 3.02% while the S&P 500 sank nearly 3%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 3.05%.In the category of "what a difference a day makes," yesterday I had the privilege of saying that all 30 Dow stocks traded higher. Today, I'm sad to report that in late trading, all 30 Dow components were in the red. Dow Winners In Short SupplyToday was one of those days when it's more about highlighting the best of the worst Dow stocks, not the biggest winners, because there weren't any winners to speak of. In late trading, just five Dow members were sporting losses of less than 1%.One of those names was Walmart (NYSE:WMT). The nation's largest retailer reports earnings tomorrow and in what could prove to be some much-needed good news, analysts are speculating that if Walmart beats, it could boost guidance."E-commerce sales performance in the U.S. will be closely watched. Telsey Advisory estimates a 37% year-over-year gain, which would match the first-quarter growth. Bank of America is looking for a 35% advance, and Tesley predicts a rise of at least 30%," according to Bloomberg. "In addition, analysts may have lingering questions around tariffs, even as the Trump administration said Tuesday it will delay until mid-December the 10% tariff on some Chinese products."I recently explored the long-term potential of Walmart's e-commerce efforts here. Consumer Staples Hold UpAs for the other members of today's least-bad group, a couple of those were consumer staples names, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG). Given the risk-off tenor to the day, it wasn't surprising to see these stocks hold up, relatively speaking.However, there may another force at play. Historical data suggest that after yield curve inversion, the best-performing sectors are utilities and consumer staples. However, those historical anecdotes are not always all-encompassing. Just look at Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA), shares of which slid 5.01% today. Dow Warning SignsCisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) reports earnings after the bell today, but some investors departed the name in advance of that report as highlighted by the stock's 4% tumble today. Laboring around the $50-$51 area, this report is critical for Cisco's near-term fortunes. A move to the mid-$40s seems almost as likely as jump to the mid-$50s.There is also growing sentiment that McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), the Dow's best stock in August and one of the index's top performers this year, could be ready to decline, but that seems to be a technical bet, not a commentary on the stock's underlying fundamentals. DJIA Bottom LineI cannot confirm that a recession is imminent and it should be noted that the yield curve inversion, while reliable, is not 100% accurate. Nor am I glossing over the weakness in stocks, but historical data also confirm that the third quarter (August in particular) is usually unkind to equities.Perhaps the best strategy for the rest of this month and into September is to keep some cash on the sidelines and wait for more attractive opportunities to come available, particularly if the best defensive sectors can do is decline less than their high beta counterparts.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post Dow Jones Today: The Return of Unpleasantness appeared first on InvestorPlace.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In a free-market economy everyone is supposed to have the chance to get rich. The dream of making it big motivates people to take risks, start businesses, stay in school and work hard. Unfortunately, in the U.S., that dream seems to be dying.There are still plenty of rich people in the U.S., and their wealth is increasing. But people outside that top echelon are having a tougher time breaking in. A 2017 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that the probability that a household outside the top 10% made it into the highest tier within 10 years was twice as high during 1984-1994 as it was during 2003-2013.There surely are many reasons for this trend, but one of them probably is the winner-take-all structure of the U.S. economy, where a few people get fabulously lucky with their hedge fund or tech startup, while most people fail.The traditional way to get rich in America is to start a business. For those of modest means, perhaps this would be a corner store or a restaurant; for the more ambitious, a technology startup. Many Americans still do this, but the number is dropping as business formation dries up:Much of the decline is due to efficient national retail chains muscling out small local businesses. But high-growth startups are on the wane as well, and the dominance of a few giant tech companies may be making it harder for upstarts to reach the loftiest heights of success.If you don’t start your own business, you can always invest in someone else’s. Investors who put their money into winning stocks like Coca-Cola Co. or Amazon.com Inc. made fortunes. But turning a small amount of money into a large amount in the market requires making big -- and remarkably lucky -- bets on individual stocks. Most people who try to do this end up failing. For the average American, the market is a bewildering game, full of high-frequency traders and savvy hedge funds waiting to take their money; decades of painful experience have taught individual investors that day trading is a losing bet. Most simply turn over their money to institutions, accepting the more modest but less risky returns they offer.Middle-class Americans tend to have most of their wealth in houses. For the average person, real estate is a comprehensible game, where assets are tangible and visible, and market transactions often are done face-to-face. From the 1980s through the early 2000s, many Americans tried to get rich by buying and selling second and third homes. But the housing bubble, which largely was driven by this sort of activity, crushed the real estate dream for many. Others who bought only one home saw it plunge in value in the crash; those that were forced to sell their houses, usually to better-heeled buyers, were unable to recoup their losses when prices eventually recovered.After the recession, lending standards tightened, making it harder for people of modest means to get in on the real-estate market and start building wealth. House flipping has returned, but homeownership rates have fallen, suggesting that one of the main paths to accumulating assets is no longer readily available to those of lesser means. For the middle rungs of the distribution, wealth -- most of which is in housing -- has barely recovered from the devastation of the late 2000s:Even if one doesn’t win big in the housing or stock markets, it is possible to get moderately wealthy by working one’s way up the corporate ladder. And companies are still throwing big salaries at data scientists with doctorates, as well as executives and top managers. But hopping on the bottom rungs of the ladder usually requires an elite and very costly education. Sometimes this even means an advanced degree. That kind of credential can only be attained by way of not just talent, but increasingly a privileged background. Stories like that of former Salomon Brothers Vice Chairman Lewis Ranieri, who started off working in the mail room and ended up as the inventor of mortgage-backed bonds, are probably getting rarer.Plenty of Americans are still starting successful businesses, picking winning stocks, flipping houses for handsome profits and polishing their resumes for top employers. But those paths to wealth have gotten narrower, more difficult and less certain. With the rise of big companies, institutional investors, tight lending standards and degree requirements, an American’s chances of making a fortune without either being a genius or having wealthy parents look slimmer than ever. It’s small wonder that so many have flocked to the world of cryptocurrency, where outsiders and people with less formal education still have a chance to strike it rich. Even there, though, institutional investors are slowly taking over.If the free-wheeling, free-market system of the 20th century really has hardened into an oligarchy in the 21st, it could foreshadow collapsing trust in institutions -- some of which we've already seen -- and political instability. Without the promise that bold risk-taking and/or hard work can make them rich, what will young Americans do with their restless ambition? Many will keep working hard and be willing to accept the paltry returns, but an increasing number will turn against the system itself. Don’t be surprised if socialism, or other anti-capitalist ideologies, becomes the next hot growth industry.To contact the author of this story: Noah Smith at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Greiff at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Noah Smith is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, and he blogs at Noahpinion.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Editor's note: "5 Great Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy" was previously published in July 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.If you're like me, the current bout of trade-induced volatility isn't sitting too right. And while swings and bear markets are a part of investing, the kind of big plunges we've recently seen does make for some sleepless nights. Which is why the best stocks to buy could be America's blue-chip stocks.Blue-chip stocks don't necessarily have a formal definition, but they are generally stable and well-established companies. Blue-chip stocks are typically household names with billions in revenues and steady rising profit profiles. Often, they share the wealth with their investors via rich dividend and buyback programs.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now The best part is that investors can count on blue-chip stocks to help them get through periods of malaise and bear markets as they tend to be less volatile than let's say, smaller growth stocks. To that end, with the markets starting to feel a bit shaky, blue-chip stocks could be the best way to position your portfolio in the upcoming months.But which blue-chip stocks make sense to buy? Here are five that could help you get through the next few months and an upcoming bear market. Cisco Systems (CSCO)The technology sector is often seen as a growth element for a portfolio. However, the sector does feature plenty of blue-chip stocks that produce mountains of cash flows, steady dividends, and rising profits. Case in point, former dot-com darling Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO).Source: Shutterstock After building the internet and networking with its focus on switching gear and routers, CSCO made the smart pivot into services and reoccurring revenues. It basically created the model that many tech firms have copied.And in doing that, Cisco has become a cash generation machine. Last quarter alone, the firm managed to produce more than $3.5 billion in free cash flows.The best part is that CSCO continues to share that cash with investors. The firm recently raised its dividend by 6% and added another $15 billion to its authorized buyback program.And yet, more could be in store for Cisco. The firm continues to add new capabilities to its services platform and recently unveiled new conversational A.I. to its interfaces. Adding in continued data center demand as well as the pending 5G upgrades and Cisco continues to look great.For investors looking for a strong tech sector blue-chip stock, Cisco has to be your top pick. Merck (MRK)The steadfastness of the healthcare sector makes it a prime place to find plenty of blue-chip stocks. And one of the best could be pharmaceutical giant Merck (NYSE:MRK).For starters, MRK features a wide portfolio of current and former blockbuster drugs, vaccines and other therapies. This huge portfolio continues to drive profits and cash flows at the giant. But MRK isn't resting on its laurels. A few years ago, Merck made the shift into newer biotech and advanced cancer-fighting medications. That has turned out to be the right move.MRK's Keytruda has quickly become the go-to medicine for a variety of lung cancers and sales going through the roof. Last quarter alone, the company reported more than $2.2 billion in Keytruda sales.That double-digit growth has allowed Merck to up its total forecast and guidance for the entire year. * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now The growth of Keytruda could continue. Merck has begun several trials looking to use the drug in other indications. This could provide even more cash flowing Merck's way. Considering the growth of its cancer portfolio and the rest of its steady drug options, Merck is looking like a great buy for the long haul.In the end, MRK's 2.5% yield and continued growth make it a powerful blue-chip stock for any investor. American Express Company (AXP)One of Warren Buffett's favorite blue-chip stocks happens to be American Express (NYSE:AXP). And the Oracle of Omaha isn't wrong to own it. The financial powerhouse has continued to thrive in the rising economy and has a lot to offer investors.Source: Shutterstock AXP is kind of a weird bird. Like its rivals, Visa (NYSE:V) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA) (two blue-chip stocks also worth owning), American Express operates a secured payment network and acts as a toll road when customers swipe their cards. Here, Amex scores a hefty fee.The firm's discount revenue rate was last quarter was 2.37%. Basically, for every $100 spent on its cards, $2.37 flowed back to AXP. All in all, last quarter, American Express pulled in more than $6.2 billion in revenue from these operations.Secondly, unlike V and MA, American Express is an issuer of its cards. Because of this, it's able to score hefty membership fees, interest and creates a leverage effect for its profits. Moreover, Amex's entire M.O. is about rewards and its partners pay the credit issuer plenty of fees to get their products/offers onto AXP's platform.The best part is that AXP tends to focus on the higher end of the credit spectrum. This removes many of the uncertainty and issues with offering loans and reduces default rates.All of this has made American Express a powerhouse in the financial sector. Genuine Parts Company (GPC)Sixty-three years. That's an amazing streak for any firm to consistently raise its dividend. But for blue-chip stock Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), it's just par for the course. The secret lies with the firm's massive and irreplaceable moat.Source: Shutterstock There's a good chance that you've never walked into one of GPC's locations, but your mechanic has. Under the NAPA banner, the firm operates one of the largest networks of auto parts and industrial distribution locations in the nation.Those 9,250 locations are located pretty much everywhere, and that's key. Auto parts are generally a "need it now" sort of item and are pretty much immune from the whims of online sales.Because of this huge network, GPC and NAPA are pretty much the only game in town when it comes to getting parts to body shops, mechanics and service centers. This has been beyond good for GPC's bottom line over the years. In its 90-year history, sales have increased in 85 of those years. * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What This streak was continued last year as GPC recorded more than $18.7 billion in revenues. Analysts predict that revenues will jump by about 4% this year. Naturally, those sales have turned into profits and a long streak of dividend increase for investors.This consistency has made GPC one of the best blue-chip stocks to own for the long haul. Coca-Cola (KO)When it comes to blue-chip stocks, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) could be the bluest. Its brand is worldwide and is enjoyed millions of times daily. This has allowed KO to pay a constantly rising dividend for the last 55 years and provide plenty of ballast to a portfolio in markets just like today.Source: Chris Nielsen via FlickrAnd there is still growth to be had.Coke has moved into new beverage categories as tastes have changed. Sparkling water, juices, teas, and other healthy drinks are now on a menu at the firm.And these items continue to grow, with revenues for these products now accounting for about half of KO's total pie. Meanwhile, KO has improved margins via new packaging designs and sizes. Adding in some tech -- such as its Arctic Coolers and Freestyle machines -- and Coke seems to be winning the beverage wars.The proof is in the pudding. Continued product mix development has resulted in a big 5% jump in revenues last quarter. Likewise, earnings saw a big surge and KO has managed to produce roughly $6.28 billion in free cash flow over the last 12 months.Yes, KO is boring. But that's what exactly what investors should be looking for in a blue-chip stock. Consistency, with a touch of growth. If that doesn't describe Coca-Cola, then I don't know what does.Disclosure: At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not have a position in any stock mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half * 7 Simple Ways for Young Investors to Invest Their First $1,000 * 6 Stocks to Buy Based on Insider Buying The post 5 Great Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
DASANI®, the No.1 mainstream water brand in the United States, today announced a robust pipeline of sustainable packaging innovations in support of The Coca-Cola Company’s global “World Without Waste” goal to make its bottles and cans with an average of 50 percent recycled material by 2030. Updates to DASANI’s packaging line-up are designed to reduce plastic waste and increase the use of recycled and renewable materials in the United States, while ensuring that all DASANI bottles continue to be fully recyclable. The debut of HybridBottle™, The Coca-Cola Company’s first package in the United States to be made with a mix of up to 50 percent plant-based renewable and recycled PET material (PlantBottle TM and recycled PET plastic).
(Bloomberg) -- Coca-Cola Co. is putting its Dasani water brand into aluminum cans as the beverage industry faces pressure to reduce its use of plastic.Coke will start selling canned Dasani in the U.S. Northeast next month, with plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020. The announcement comes after PepsiCo Inc. said recently it would experiment with selling Aquafina, its mainstream water brand, in cans at restaurants and stadiums.Beverage giants are under pressure to boost recycling and cut down on plastic that’s filling the world’s oceans and waterways. Aluminum cans generally contain more recycled material than plastic bottles and are less likely to float away in the ocean. Dasani and Aquafina are the top two bottled brands in the U.S., with combined sales north of $2 billion.In addition to the can test, Coke is unveiling a new “hybrid” Dasani bottle, with the half of the materials from a combination of plants and recycled plastic. The company also said it’s cutting down on the weight of its bottles in a bid to use less material.The initiatives are designed to appeal to customers and help Coke meet its pledge to boost the use of recycled material by 2030. Lauren King, Dasani’s brand director, said the efforts will also help boost profit at the parent company.“Overall this is good for our bottom line,” King said.To contact the reporter on this story: Craig Giammona in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anne Riley Moffat at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jonathan Roeder, Kevin MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains and guest Madeleine Johnson dive into the world of coffee to see how the major publicly traded firms from Starbucks (SBUX) to Dunkin' (DNKN) have performed...
Medical marijuana startup Surterra Wellness continues to grow its C-Suite with executives from well-established companies. Stevens J. Sainte-Rose will join the Atlanta-based company as its chief human resource officer. In his role as CHRO, he will develop and execute the company’s human resources strategy. Prior to joining Surterra, Sainte-Rose served as chief human resources and transformation officer for Dawn Foods Global, the CHRO for Walgreen Company (Nasdaq: WBA), and the senior vice president of human resources for The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO).
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Another Coca-Cola x KITH collab is here and its features a wide range of products for customers to purchase.Source: Shutterstock Here's what to know about the fourth season of the Coca-Cola x KITH collab. * This collaboration includes shoes, jackets, swimwear, shorts and just about any other article of clothing you can think of. * However, customers are going to want to work fast if they want to get their hands on some of the goods. * The sale only just started today at 11:00 a.m. ET and already there are several products that are sold out. * Some of the more popular items include the shoes, button-up Hawaiian shirts and the half zipper hoodies. * Customers that are looking for something outside of clothing also still have choices available to them. * This includes the Coca-Cola x KITH collab featuring surfboards and skateboard decks all covered with the Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) logo. * Anyone that is looking to spice up their messenger bad with some flair can also get a set of pins that are part of the collaboration. * One of the more standout items that it still for sale at the time of this writing is the Coca-Cola denim jacket. * However, the prices aren't cheap and this particular jacket will set customers back $280. * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What You can follow this link to check out the Coca-Cola x KITH collab for yourself and see if there's anything you want to purchase before it sells out.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What * 7 Stocks to Buy to Ride the Vegan Wave * 4 Safe Stocks to Buy Amid Trade War Turbulence As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post Coca-Cola x KITH Collab 2019: 9 Things to Know About the Season 4 Collection appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Coca Cola's Dasani recently launched canned water, as part of its World Without Waste strategy, in addition to a hybrid bottle made partially from renewable resources. “It’s really a significant investment on the brand to get through these kinds of innovations," Lauren King, Dasani Brand Director tells Yahoo Finance's YFi AM, "we started last year on the innovation, so it really takes investment to find the recycled PET and figure out how to put it into our bottles."