|Bid||54.01 x 1400|
|Ask||54.99 x 4000|
|Day's Range||54.46 - 54.87|
|52 Week Range||38.78 - 56.72|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.78|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||21.33|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.14 (2.10%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Boom and bust cycles can easily last a few years. A classic case is the dot-com cycle, when lasted from 1998 to 2000, giving investors time to snag juicy returns.But cannabis stocks have been different. Their boom-bust cycle only lasted a year or so. And it is far from clear if marijuana stocks have bottomed.Source: Shutterstock The silver lining is that the valuations of marijuana stocks have become much more attractive, while their growth outlook appears to be intact.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals There are a variety of high-quality marijuana stocks that investors can consider buying. But let's take a look at one: Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).Granted, the chart of ACB stock is downright scary. During the past year, Aurora Cannabis stock has gone from $12 to $3.77.While the valuation of ACB stock is still far from cheap, its growth remains particularly strong. Ultimately, that should lead to higher margins and profits, which will make Aurora stock more attractive. The Pros of ACB StockAurora has operations across 25 countries on five continents. Besides a thriving consumer business, ACB also has an extensive medical operation, as it employs more than 40 highly educated researchers, and has conducted a long list of clinical trials and case studies. What's more, the company is making a big play for the CBD-based wellness category, which is likely to become a multi-billion dollar business in the US. The Cons of ACB StockIt's true that ACB stock is facing a great deal of risk. The Canadian cannabis market has been beset with difficulties, as its supply chain has been problematic and it's been hurt by the continuing strength of the black market. Additionally, Hexo's (NYSE:HEXO) negative earnings preannouncement was a sign that the cannabis sector's growth may be decelerating.Moreover, vaping may have caused a number of deaths. While the ultimate cause of the deaths is unclear, they have damaged the cannabis industry's image. The Bottom Line on Aurora Cannabis StockAll in all, these are serious problems, and it will take some time to deal with them. But then again, Wall Street has been factoring all this into ACB stock. So even a small amount of good news could easily spark a rally by Aurora stock.But it's important to keep in mind that there are some potential catalysts that can help get ACB stock back on track. One is Cannabis 2.0. This refers to the legalization of CBD edibles, topicals and beverages in Canada. According to Deloitte, those products could generate $2.7 billion of revenue.Next, ACB has a top-notch strategic advisor, the legendary Nelson Peltz. He runs an activist investment fund and has taken positions in companies like Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ), and Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN). No doubt, he'll be able to leverage his own network to identify strategic partners and investors.Granted, despite all this, ACB stock will likely remain volatile. So it's probably best to refrain from buying too many shares of Aurora stock initially. But in the long-term, ACB does look like it has what it takes to be a winner.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals * 7 Under-The-Radar Growth Stocks That Could Benefit New Investors * 5 Excellent High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Aurora Cannabis Stock: It's Not Time to Throw in the Towel appeared first on InvestorPlace.
(Bloomberg) -- Move over whole grains. Here comes whole chocolate.One of the world’s biggest chocolate makers, Barry Callebaut AG, is introducing a product line made from the whole cacao fruit, as opposed to just the beans, that will be marketed to chefs looking for a “fruitier” taste. Food and beverage giant Mondelez International Inc., whose brands include Cadbury and Toblerone, will be the first company to test-market the line.So-called WholeFruit chocolate is the latest concoction from Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut, which is facing pressure to innovate and experiment with new products as competition in the global market heats up. Last year, the company debuted Ruby chocolate, a pink blend with a berry flavor that has been used in Nestle SA’s KitKat bars. The move comes amid higher cocoa prices that have squeezed the profits of chocolate makers already facing headwinds as consumers shift toward healthier alternatives.“We wanted to unleash the full power of the cacao fruit, and as we did that, we opened up a whole new world,” Barry Callebaut Chief Executive Officer Antoine de Saint-Affrique said in San Francisco, where he introduced the products during a press conference with reporters.Barry Callebaut is marketing the line as a more sustainable approach to making chocolate, a possible selling point for environmentally conscious millienials. About 70% of the cacao fruit is typically wasted in the process of making chocolate. Meanwhile, cocoa futures have risen 27% in the past year. De Saint-Affrique said the company was looking to create products that are better for the environment without sacrificing quality.“It’s better in taste and it’s natural,” he said in an interview. “So you don’t have to struggle between them.”Mondelez will make the first cacaofruit products under a new CaPao brand. They will include smoothie balls and jerky strips sold through retailers in Los Angeles. The WholeFruit chocolate line for artisan chocolate makers will be available from May. On Friday, Barry Callebaut handed out tastings of two variations of the chocolate: Velvety and Bold. Both had an earthy flavor and were light on sweetness, the Bold sharper and the Velvety smoother.Barry Callebaut isn’t the first to try using more of the cocoa fruit. In July, Nestle SA said it found a way to make chocolate without adding sugar by using leftover pulp from cocoa.(Corrects spelling of company name, product detail in seventh paragraph of story published Sept. 30.)To contact the reporters on this story: Thomas Mulier in Geneva at firstname.lastname@example.org;David R. Baker in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Lynn Doan, Steven FrankFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Why should society permit the existence of food companies that contribute to poor health? The standard answer is that people should be allowed to make bad choices about what they eat and drink. But that’s a slippery defense when the consumers are children and the choices they face are loaded against their wellbeing, as Thursday’s British government report on childhood obesity makes clear.The snacks industry — from Mondelez International Inc. to Coca-Cola Co. and from Nestle SA to the Kraft Heinz Company — needs to rethink its purpose, and strategy, if its license to operate is to endure.Former U.K. chief medical officer Professor Sally Davies, the report’s author, cites multiple causes for a saddening rise in obesity among England’s 10-11-year-olds since 1990. The giant food brands are only part of the problem but that hardly absolves them from leading the solution. As Davies says, cheap unhealthy food tends to be the most readily available. Portion inflation is rampant. Advertising or sponsorship is pervasive. Healthy options are often unaffordable for those on low incomes, while the unhealthy options are cheap.Davies’s recommendations include some radical ideas. The U.K. public may be banned from eating and drinking on public transport. Industry faces calorie caps on food portions consumed “out-of-home,” tiered VAT on unhealthy food, plain packaging and the end of tax deductibility of marketing costs for unhealthy products. These may just be proposals. But the direction of travel is clear.This is what happens when an industry fails to self-regulate to mitigate its worst effects. Governments wake up. The food and drink industry is a big employer and a big taxpayer. Even so, the economics favor intervention. The medical costs of obesity, coupled with lost productivity, are 3% of global GDP, according to McKinsey research from 2014. Today’s unhealthy children are tomorrow’s sick workforce.The U.K. Food and Drink Federation, the lobby group, says “punitive action” might hinder continuing the progress the manufacturers have already made in cutting salt, sugar and calories from their products over the last four years. It says the industry must “take the consumer with us.” The question is whether it is taking itself and its customers to an early grave. The industry needs to see this problem as an opportunity not a threat. First, it should be clear about its role in society. Making treats that people want to eat can be a good reason for a corporation to exist, but not when it adds to a public health crisis. This doesn’t mean PepsiCo Inc. ending production of Doritos. But it does mean defining responsibly what the target market — and age group — is for such products. And it requires combining marketing with education.At the same time, food manufacturers should redouble their efforts to innovate healthier, cost-effective alternatives to sugar and salt. This is a chance for the food giants to think about the huge market for healthy snacks. Food technology has a vital role here and it’s best mediated by the private sector. R&D has already helped, as with the development of Nestle’s so-called hollow sugar.This week the OECD proposed reforms to corporate taxation, which would allow governments to tax digital companies that generate revenues in countries where they have no physical presence. The food industry faces a similar revenue challenge. Its products will be subject to extra taxes in certain markets until they start to use their well-funded research labs to help meet national health objectives.It’s not clear that the sector sees obesity as a strategic issue yet. Unilever NV is recycling plastic packaging but still aiming to sell lots more Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The debate among investors about what stocks to divest centers on fossil fuels right now. If food companies don’t act, they’ll join tobacco and oil in the sin bin.\--With assistance from Lara Williams.To contact the author of this story: Chris Hughes at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Chris Hughes is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals. He previously worked for Reuters Breakingviews, as well as the Financial Times and the Independent newspaper.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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The Oreo mystery flavor 2019 case is about to open and it could bring with it one heck of a prize.Source: DenisMArt / Shutterstock.com Mondelēz International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) is holding a special contest this year that has customers guessing the Oreo mystery flavor 2019. The contest is is for those living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico that are 18 years of age or older.So what exactly does the winner of the contest get? One person that guesses the flavor right will end up with a prize of $50,000. That's a nice sum of cash just for figuring out the Oreo mystery flavor 2019. Granted, MDLZ is also hoping to reap more sales thanks to customers buying more Oreo cookies to guess the mystery flavor.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe official Oreo mystery flavor 2019 contest hasn't actually started yet. It will open on September 15 and then participants will have until the end of the day on November 10 to submit their answers. They can do this on the Oreo website.Even though the Oreo mystery flavor 2019 isn't on store shelves yet, some members of the press have already gotten a taste of the cookies. It looks like they've also figured out what the new flavor is as well. * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession People got to try out the Oreo mystery flavor 2019 early and the magazine's employees think they've solved the case. Taking into account the flavor, smell and clues that come with the Oreo cookies, they believe that the new mystery flavor is….Teddy Grahams. We'll have to wait and see if they guessed it right. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post Oreo Mystery Flavor 2019: Guess It and You Could Win $50K! appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) is coming off a brutal August, the latest in a long line of rough months for the Canadian cannabis company. With each month of struggles, the shares become a little more tempting.Source: Shutterstock With an annual cannabis output that now exceeds 625,000 kilograms, it's easy to see why some investors may find Aurora stock attractive. The company offers scale in an often fragmented market. It's one of the world's largest cannabis producers and some of its core competencies include industry-leading output and logistical capabilities.Last month, the company released preliminary fiscal fourth-quarter results, including a forecast of sales of $100 million CAD to $107 million CAD. That's good for a roughly five-fold increase from the year-earlier period and 60% quarter-over-quarter growth. Those headlines temporarily bought ACB stock some goodwill among investors. However, as Aurora stock has often shown, making the good times last is easier said than done.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe company's official quarterly earnings report is due out Sept. 15 and that should be a catalyst, in one way or another, for Aurora Cannabis stock. Management also upped its production outlook to 25,000 kilograms to 30,000 kilograms, above a previous forecast calling for 25,000 kilograms at the high end.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer noted that these preliminary results imply stronger-than-expected yields, which could help the company approach a cost per gram of less than $1 CAD, or 75 U.S. cents. Sourcing Growth for Aurora CannabisIntegral to the long-term thesis for Aurora stock is management's ability to find growth channels outside of Canada and the medicinal marijuana market. Those are viable growth opportunities, but they are largely baked into Aurora stock. By some forecasts, medicinal marijuana will see some contraction in the coming years.Morningstar's Kristoffer Inton said that he believes the medical market will shrink as recreational use is legalized. He also forecasts 20% average annual growth for the next decade, thanks to "black-market" consumers moving towards legal use. * 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now That's a perfect segue into talking about the U.S. Cannabis companies and investors are betting that increased U.S. legalization will bring recreational use out of the shadows. While some states have signed off on it, cannabis for medical and recreational purposes is illegal at the federal level in the U.S.Aurora Cannabis is eyeing the U.S. market in its own way, and acknowledges that a footprint south of it home market "is nonnegotiable." There are plenty of other reasons why ACB stock could get a jolt. The company just needs U.S. policymakers' attitude toward cannabis to loosen up."Not only is the U.S. a larger opportunity, but it has a better economic model," GMP Securities analyst Rob Fagan told Barron's. "In most states, you're allowed to go direct to your customer -- from production right up to retail -- cashing in on more of the value chain. There are also fewer restrictions on product forms and advertising than in Canada." Finding a Partner for ACB StockUnlike some of its rivals, Aurora Cannabis is currently without partners from the tobacco or beverage industries, although the company has admitted Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) would make for an appealing partner.This goes back to Aurora's relationship with activist investor Nelson Peltz. Peltz has famously (and successfully) pushed for change at companies such as Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) and Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN). However, the relationship with Peltz is something that is also baked into Aurora Cannabis stock. Investors are now demanding something substantive to come of his involvement.Inton said that Aurora Cannabis is limited in its potential to benefit from new partnerships. This is because of its lack of exposure in the U.S. market.For ACB stock, the writing is on the wall. The company must make a credible foray into the U.S. and execute on that endeavor, or risk generating dissatisfaction.The U.S. market remains an "X factor" for Canadian cannabis companies. But, the good news is that Aurora Cannabis stock is well below a credible fair value estimate of $9-$10.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now * 10 Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy * 8 Precious Metals Stocks to Mine For The post Aurora Cannabis Needs to Keep its Finger on the Marijuana Pulse appeared first on InvestorPlace.
It’s undeniable that many investors fear a recession is on the way, with the ongoing U.S.-China trade war not doing much to quell these concerns. That's despite the two nations agreeing to meet in early October. "[The] base case for the trade war now is no deal before the 2020 US election," Citigroup said in a research note to clients.Amid an economic landscape littered with uncertainty, key recession indicators are painting a bleak picture. For starters, since August 14, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note has dipped below the 2-year yield more than once. Typically, long-term bonds have a higher interest rate than short-term bonds when the market is performing well. When the opposite is true, it means that an inversion of the yield curve has taken place, with this event occurring before the last seven recessions.It doesn’t help that gross domestic product (GDP) fell from 3% in the first quarter of 2019 to 2% in the following quarter.With corporate earnings growth and manufacturing growth both declining, investors are now searching for stocks that can survive a potential recession and flaring trade tensions as "implied probabilities of a 2020 recession are now high enough to warrant caution," according to Citigroup.Bearing all of this in mind, analysts have highlighted a few defensible stocks that make compelling investments when the alarm has been sounded by key recession indicators. Here are 3 stocks to buy amid flashing recession warning signals. Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT)According to some analysts, the defense and aerospace contractor has the weapons it needs to fight off recession threats. Demand in the defense space is expected to remain steady as there are always conflicts regardless of the state of the market. Part of Lockheed’s appeal lies in its strength as a dividend stock. It consistently raises its dividend, with the yield at 2% and current annualized payout at $8.80 per share. “Dividend investing is a defensive investment style that generates regular cash flows for investors and tends to outperform when markets are volatile,” stated UBS global chief investment officer Mark Haefele in a note to clients.LMT has seen almost two decades of at or above 10% annual boosts, resulting in a decade-long dividend growth of more than 16% on average. With the company raising its full-year diluted EPS guidance from $20.05 to $20.35 to between $20.85 and $21.15 and posting an increase in cash generated from operations on July 23, LMT looks poised to boost its dividend once again.Adding to the good news, LMT was awarded a $347 million contract from the U.S. Army as part of the multi-year hypersonic weapons development program on August 29. This is on top of the two contracts from the pentagon, worth $32.1 million and $12 million, respectively, it received earlier in August for modifications to F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter planes.Based on all of the above factors, Berenberg Bank analyst Andrew Gollan reiterated his Buy rating and $410 price target on July 24. The four-star analyst believes share prices could gain 7% over the next twelve months. AT&T Inc. (T)Despite the volatility in the broader market, shares of the telecommunications company are up 15% in the last three months. While AT&T has faced its fair share of headwinds in its TV segment as well as amassed debt of almost $160 billion, the company has made progress in both of these areas. On August 30, T announced a multi-year agreement with Starz to offer its full content lineup on AT&T’s network. The company has also been consistently paying off its debt.Most importantly, AT&T stands to become one of the key players in the 5G space thanks to its upcoming network rollout. Once the network is active, it’s expected that the company will be able to improve its pricing power and see the number of devices on its network grow, driving revenue to new heights.It also doesn’t hurt that AT&T has cemented its status as a top dividend stock with a dividend yield of 5.8% as well as a current annualized payout of $2.04 per share. With an already impressive 35 consecutive years of dividend increases, analysts expect T to continue to reward investors.All of the above as well as a strong Q2 performance lends itself to Cowen & Co. analyst Colby Synesael’s conclusion that the company is on pace to meet or even exceed its 2019 guidance. As a result, the five-star analyst reiterated his Buy rating while raising the price target from $34 to $40 on July 25. He thinks that shares could surge 13% over the next twelve months.Wall Street appears to mirror Synesael’s sentiment. 6 Buy ratings vs 2 Holds received in the last three months add up to a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $36 average price target. Mondelez International (MDLZ)People always need to eat, with this fact not changing amid a recession. That’s where Mondelez International comes in. The snack maker already has a vast product pipeline with several well-known names such as Oreo, Cadbury, Philadelphia and Toblerone. That doesn’t mean this consumer staples giant is sitting by idly.The company plans to raise reinvestment in the second half of the year to around $100 million, up from $50 million in the first half. It will place a majority of the focus on two of its largest brands, Oreo and Cadbury. MDLZ has made significant efforts to increase efficiency as well as expand its presence online. According to its July 30 Q2 earnings release, the company has invested in fast-growing sales channels such as eCommerce and in high-potential emerging markets. It has also reigniting its Nutter Butter brand in the U.S., which received the gift of double-digit growth when it celebrated its 50-year anniversary during the quarter. Not to mention the company announced that it is adding protein bars to its product lineup with the acquisition of PerfectSnacks in July. All of this has attracted the attention of Morgan Stanley’s Dara Mohsenian. “MDLZ stock offers a compelling opportunity given the company’s positive strategy changes, pending reinvestment and favorable geographic and category growth footprint,” he explained. As a result, the four-star analyst gave MDLZ a ratings boost, upgrading it from a Hold to a Buy and keeping the $62 price target on August 8. His price target implies upside potential of 12%. The rest of the Street is on the same page. MDLZ boasts a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus thanks to 10 Buy ratings vs 3 Holds assigned in the last three months. The $61 average price target suggests upside potential of 10%. Find analysts’ favorite stocks with the Top Analysts’ Stocks tool
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report," Joe Terranova said that Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) has organic growth. Stephen Weiss would hold Cloudera Inc (NYSE: CLDR). Brenda Vingiello said that Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ) has a great organic growth story and for that reason, she thinks that it is worth hanging onto.
The U.S. stock market continues to hit turbulence. Whether due to concerns over the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, increasing media attention on a possible U.S. recession or other economic challenges, it behooves you to make sure that your portfolio is set up to deal with risk while still generating growth and income.The U.S. economy remains a haven as much of the rest of the major economies of the world are slowing or are headed into recession. Meanwhile, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remains firmly in the positive -- with expectations for full year 2019 GDP to be a positive 2.50%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMeanwhile, inflation remains down and low in the U.S. The Federal Reserve Bank's preferred gauge of inflation, the core Personal Consumer Expenditure Index (PCE), is running at a scant 1.60% down -- from January's high of 1.77%. In addition, inflation outside the U.S. continues to be low -- to the consternation of central banks.The underpinnings of the U.S. economy remain positive with consumers very much engaged and comfortable to keep spending. This is evidenced by the broad weekly survey results by Bloomberg in its Consumer Comfort Index, which remains up significantly over the trailing year at a current level of 61.50.But none of that is stopping traders from sending stocks gyrating up and down. Volatility spiked dramatically over the month of August.This has resulted in the S&P 500 Index being down 4.68% from recent highs in late July of this year.Meanwhile, U.S. bond yields continue to decline -- sending some to suggest that this is representative of a signal of a possible U.S. recession. But instead, as a former bond trader and bond investment manager, I argue that there are substantial reasons for lower yields and higher bond prices. Inflation, as noted above, is low and falling -- aiding bond prices. And issuance in the bond market outside of U.S. Treasuries is not keeping up with demand -- particularly in corporate bonds and municipal bonds.In addition, outside the U.S., bond yields for government and corporate issues continues to head deeper into negative territory. This means that bond investors are effectively paying to own bonds. And the market amount of negatively yielding bonds has just reached a new high of just shy of $17 trillion.This makes the US bond market all the more attractive with the still positive yields in Treasuries as well as corporate and municipal bonds. Total Amount of Negative Yielding Bonds Where to Go for Income and GrowthThere are specific segments of the markets which continue to deliver during downturns in the general S&P 500 Index. Each of these segments is exclusively or predominantly focused on the U.S. economy and markets, and each has a proven history of sustained and well-defended dividend flows.And thanks to the vast and seemingly ever-expanding ETF market, there are specific ETFs with successful tracking of the leading defensive segments. And in particular, Vanguard has a great series of ETFs with lower expense costs as well as ample liquidity in the market. REIT ETFs to BuyOne of the best defensive segments remains the real estate investment trust (REIT) market. REITs continue to fare well during both good and challenging times. The underlying security of real assets which in turn generate ample income to fuel dividend distributions remains a compelling case for investors. And thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, REITs dividends come with a 20% tax-deduction, making the REIT yields even more attractive.And over the past five years, REITs have returned 55.75% -- for an average annual equivalent return of 9.26% as tracked by the Bloomberg U.S. REITs Index.Vanguard has its Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ) which has performed mostly in line with the REIT market index with the ETF actually outpacing the Index year to date with a return of 24.72%. Best ETFs to Buy From the Utilities SectorNext is the U.S. Utilities market sector. Utilities continue to benefit from lower inflation and interest rates, which reduces their funding costs while also making their dividend yields all the more valuable for investors. And since most utility dividends are qualified -- the income tax liability is lower for most investors' tax-brackets.Utilities are U.S.-focused and also come with the benefit of regulated rates and profit margins for their general regulated operations. This provides certainty for both good and challenging economic times. And with the U.S. economy remaining in growth mode, demand for many essential services -- especially electric power -- is on the ascent in the U.S.In addition, many utilities also run extra non-regulated wholesale businesses ranging from wholesale power distribution and/or transmission or natural gas sales and transmission. This adds to the revenues for dividends as well as fueling additional growth.Over the past five years, U.S. utilities, as tracked by the S&P 500 Utilities Index, have returned 72.94% for an average annual equivalent return of 11.58%.Vanguard has an excellent ETF in this market with its Vanguard Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:VPU). It has kept up and even bettered the market Index over the past five years. And year to date it has returned 18.92%. ETFs to Buy From the Consumer SectorThen one of the traditional defensive market segments is the consumer staples market. This is because traditionally, during good and bad economic times consumers and households overall continue spend on the necessities for life. That concept got severely challenged in 2018 as many traditional leaders in this market ran into a buzz saw of changing consumer tastes for packaged and branded goods and costs including transportation rose squeezing margins.But while many are still challenged to focus on the right products and brands along with cost controls - others have dragged their feet with the market punishing them. That said, the segment has many successful turnarounds including Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) and even General Mills (NYSE:GIS).The market segment overall is up 54.23% over past five years for an average annual equivalent return of 9.05% as tracked by the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index.Vanguard has a well-run ETF in this segment with its Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:VDC). It has largely kept up with the Index. And for the year to date, the ETF has generated a return of 19.06%. And like for the utility stocks, most consumer goods stocks are tax-advantaged with qualified dividends. Investing in U.S. BondsU.S. Bonds, as noted above, continue to deliver positive yields with rising prices. And with the Fed on track to its money easing policies, including its target rate range for Fed Funds and its bond portfolio activities -- the market should be further supported.There are two segments of the U.S. bond market which you should focus upon. First is the corporate bond market. Yields are down with the rising credibility of issuers (who benefit from the supportive U.S. economy). And with less issuance and strong demand inside and from outside the U.S. -- the market is faring well.The U.S. corporate bond market, as tracked by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Index, has generated a return over the past five years of 25.07%. And for the year to date, the Index has done even better with a return of 14.11%.Vanguard has an excellent ETF in the corporate bond market with its Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VCIT). It has fewer longer-term bonds synthetically represented in the ETF which has limited its performance year to date to 13.37%. But this also means that it is less susceptible to yield gyrations going forward.Then, I come to a favorite market of mine in bonds -- municipals. Municipal bonds are benefiting from a series of developments. First, U.S. bond yields overall, including Treasuries, are down. Second, the U.S. economy is doing well -- which bolsters tax revenues which in turn is reducing the need for issuance. This, along with better demand from outside the U.S., means rising bond prices. And third, the TCJA limited state and local tax deductions (SALT). This means that investors, particularly in higher taxed states, are ever more eager for more tax-free income.The U.S. municipal bond market has seen a return year to date of 20.81% as tracked by the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index. Vanguard has an excellent municipal bond ETF with its Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond Index ETF (NYSEARCA:VTEB). It has fairly matched the Bloomberg Barclays Index with a year-to-date return of 16.79%.And since I've presented my way to invest in a collection of all-weather ETFs, perhaps you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations for further safer growth and bigger reliable income. For more -- look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more: https://profitableinvesting.investorplace.com/Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above.The post 5 All-Weather ETFs to Buy for Turbulent Markets appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Oreo maker Mondelez international is on pace for its best year in its last five. Yahoo Finance's Julia la Roche sat down with its CEO Dirk Van de Put to discuss.