8 Food and Grocery Stocks to Serve

by Louis Navellier | December 15, 2011 9:15 am

Even during times of hardship and strife, citizens cannot help but succumb to necessity. While putting off for a house, saving for college or avoiding the dentist can be done without immediate consequences, skipping meals can put the frugal in a frightening (if not dangerous) position fast. The essentials cannot be overlooked, and thankfully, for these stocks, they have not.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader[1] tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got eight food stocks to serve.

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.”

ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG[2]) owns the brands Banquet, Chef Boyardee, David Seeds, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Pam and Snack Pack. 2011 has been a good year for CAG stock, as it’s up 12% year-to-date. CAG stock gets a “B” for earnings momentum and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CAG stock.[3]

Costco (NASDAQ:COST[4]) operates membership warehouses that offer customers sales on bulk products. Since the start of 2011, COST stock has steadily gained 15%. COST stock gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of COST stock[5].

General Mills (NYSE:GIS[6]) sells its products in grocery stores across the world. GIS stock has had a strong year, gaining nearly 12% in a volatile market. GIS stock gets an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of GIS stock[7].

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR[8]) develops and markets specialty coffee. GMCR has posted a huge gain of 42% since Jan. 1. GMCR stock gets an “A” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earning growth, an “A” for earnings momentum and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of GMCR stock[9].

Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT[10]) manufactures and markets packaged food products, including biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, convenient meals and various packaged grocery products. KFT stock has posted a gain of 14% year-to-date, compared to a gain of nearly 2% for the Dow Jones in the same period. KFT gets a “B” for earnings growth and a “B” for earnings momentum in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KFT stock[11].

Kroger (NYSE:KR[12]) is a retailer that also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. In 2011, KR stock has posted a modest gain of 5%. KR stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KR stock[13].

Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD[14]) produces and markets a range of fresh meat and packaged meat products across the world. SFD stock is up 14% year-to-date. SFD stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, an “A” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month, an “A” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of SFD stock[15].

Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN[16]) is a meat protein and food production company that has posted a gain of 16% on the year. TSN stock gets an “A” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of TSN stock[17].

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader[18] tool, a 100% free stock-rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. CAG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CAG
  3. For more information, view my complete analysis of CAG stock.: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=cag&submit=submit&type=site
  4. COST: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=COST
  5. For more information, view my complete analysis of COST stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=cost&submit=submit&type=site
  6. GIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GIS
  7. For more information, view my complete analysis of GIS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=gis&submit=submit&type=site
  8. GMCR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GMCR
  9. For more information, view my complete analysis of GMCR stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=gmcr&submit=submit&type=site
  10. KFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KFT
  11. For more information, view my complete analysis of KFT stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=kft&submit=submit&type=site
  12. KR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KR
  13. For more information, view my complete analysis of KR stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=kr&submit=submit&type=site
  14. SFD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SFD
  15. For more information, view my complete analysis of SFD stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=sfd&submit=submit&type=site
  16. TSN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TSN
  17. For more information, view my complete analysis of TSN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=tsn&submit=submit&type=site
  18. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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