Consumer spending isn’t what it used to be, but buying soap and basic beauty products is not exactly an expense most people consider “discretionary.” I suppose you could stop taking showers to save a few bucks, but dialing down on the Dial seems penny wise and pound foolish — especially if you’re unemployed and trying to make a good impression at job interviews! In American households, bathroom products are staples — just like milk and flour — and that guarantees personal product stocks a stable and recession-proof revenue stream.
I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got seven personal product stocks good for your portfolio’s hygiene.
Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”
Elizabeth Arden Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN) is known for selling fragrances, skin care and cosmetic products to retailers to customers in more than 100 countries. Like other personal product stocks, RDEN has climbed big year-to-date, up 56% in that period.
Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL) manufactures skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. EL stock has jumped an impressive 43% year-to-date, compared to a gain of 4% for the Dow Jones.
Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) deals with weight management, nutritional supplements, energy, sports and fitness products. Since the start of 2011, HLF has watched its stock price gain 69%.
Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) is another company that develops and distributes nutritional and personal care products. NATR stock has been one of the biggest winners on this list, up nearly 85% year-to-date.
Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:NUS) develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements to customers across the globe. Year-to-date, NUS stock has gained 62% compared to much smaller gains by the broader markets.
Revlon Inc. (NYSE:REV) is famous for its makeup and personal care product lines. REV stock has had a year-to-date return of 52%.
Schiff Nutrition International (NYSE:WNI) is engaged with the development and distribution of private label vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars. A 34% increase for WNI stock year-to-date has ensured that shareholders have remained pleased with their purchase.
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