6 Beverage Stocks to Quench Your Thirst

by Louis Navellier | January 4, 2012 2:22 pm

Reaching for an afternoon cold one is about as natural as buttoning your shirt in the morning. In other words, beverage companies are staples that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Never mind already being in your refrigerator — many of these beverage companies are abroad, quenching the thirst of citizens in emerging markets[1]. This makes them prime candidates for success, so they should be on your buy list when you’re looking for tasty investments.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader[2] tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got six beverage stocks to buy.

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.”

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD[3]) is a major brewing company based in Belgium. In the last 12 months, BUD has gained nearly 7%, compared with smaller gains by the broader markets. BUD gets a “B” for earnings momentum, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of BUD stock[4].

Hansen Natural (NASDAQ:HANS[5]) is a developer, marketer, seller and distributor of alternative beverages, including numerous energy drinks such as Monster. HANS has jumped an impressive 73% in the last 12 months. HANS gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum, 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 HANS stock[6].

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO[7]) is one of the most famous beverage companies in the world, specifically for its namesake soft drink. KO has posted a modest gain 8% in the last year. KO gets an “A” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KO stock[8].

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV[9]) is a Brazil-based producer, distributor and seller of beer, soda and other non-alcoholic beverages. Since this time last year, ABV has climbed 14% compared with smaller gains by the broader markets. ABV gets a “B” 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 ABV stock[10].

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS[11]) is best known for the non-alcoholic beverages for which it is named. DPS is up over 8% in the last year. DPS gets an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of DPS stock[12].

PepsiCo. (NYSE:PEP[13]) is another global name in the beverage business and the main competitor to KO. PEP has posted a modest gain of 1% since this time last year. PEP gets a “B” for earnings momentum and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of PEP stock[14].

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader[15] tool, a 100% free stock rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

Endnotes:
  1. emerging markets: http://investorplace.com/2011/12/dividend-ambev-brazil-beer-abv-bud/
  2. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  3. BUD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BUD
  4. For more information, view my complete analysis of BUD stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=bud&submit=submit&type=site
  5. HANS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HANS
  6. For more information, view my complete analysis of HANS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=hans&submit=submit&type=site
  7. KO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KO
  8. For more information, view my complete analysis of KO stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=ko&submit=submit&type=site
  9. ABV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ABV
  10. For more information, view my complete analysis of ABV stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=abv&submit=submit&type=site
  11. DPS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DPS
  12. For more information, view my complete analysis of DPS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=dps&submit=submit&type=site
  13. PEP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PEP
  14. For more information, view my complete analysis of PEP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=pep&submit=submit&type=site
  15. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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