6 Food Stocks Cooking Up Big Gains

by Louis Navellier | February 7, 2012 2:00 pm

When it comes to packaged food products, these companies do it best. From baby formula to adult formula (coffee), when you’re looking for that vital bit of nutrition everyday, you’ll probably be turning to the products from being distributed by any one of these top-rated corporations. So, if you’re hungry for a stock to fit in your portfolio, any one of these will leave you satisfied.

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 six food stocks making big gains over the past year.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research.

ConAgra (NYSE:CAG[2]) owns the following brands: Banquet, Chef Boyardee, David Seeds, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Pam and Snack Pack. In the past year, CAG stock has gained 17%, compared to a gain of nearly 6% for the Dow Jones. CAG stock gets 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 and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CAG stock.[3]

General Mills (NYSE:GIS[4]) is a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods sold through retail stores. GIS stock is up 11% in the last 12 months. GIS stock gets an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader stock. For more information, view my complete analysis of GIS stock[5].

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR[6]) is a specialty coffee company that has posted a significant gain of 69% in the last year. GMCR stock gets an “A” for sales growth, an “A” for operating margin growth, an “A” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earnings growth, an “A” 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 and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of GMCR stock[7].

Kraft (NYSE:KFT[8]) makes a wide range of food products including biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, convenient meals and other packaged foods. In the last year, KFT stock is up 24% compared to smaller gains by the broader markets. KFT stock gets a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum and a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KFT stock.[9]

Mean Johnson Nutrition (NYSE:MJN[10]) is a pediatric nutrition company, and has experienced a stock gain of nearly 27% in the last year. MJN stock gets a “B” for sales growth and a “B” for earnings growth in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MJN stock[11].

Unilever (NYSE:UN[12]) owns a wide range of brands that are sold in over 100 countries. Since last February, UN stock has gained 12%. UN stock gets a quantitative grade of “A” in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of UN stock[13].

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader[14] 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. GIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GIS
  5. 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
  6. GMCR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GMCR
  7. 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
  8. KFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KFT
  9. 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
  10. MJN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MJN
  11. For more information, view my complete analysis of MJN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=mjn&submit=submit&type=site
  12. UN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UN
  13. For more information, view my complete analysis of UN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=un&submit=submit&type=site
  14. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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