8 Consumer Stocks To Return Right Now

by Louis Navellier | April 14, 2012 8:00 am

Consumer stocks are doing OK in 2012 as the broader market has rallied and spending has seemed strong. But the risk of rising gasoline prices, food inflation and other higher input costs could be squeezing margins for many consumer products companies. What’s more, you can bet that if gas hits $5 that many Americans will start cutting back on discretionary spending. That means some consumer stocks may be in trouble.

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, eight consumer stocks look ready to sell.

Each one of these stocks gets a “D” or “F” according to my research, meaning it is a “sell” or “strong sell.”

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG[2]) operates a drugstore chain in the United States. In the last year, WAG stock has dropped 20%, compared to a 3% gain by the Dow Jones in the same time. Walgreen stock gets a “D” grade for sales growth and a “D” grade for earnings momentum. For more information, view my complete analysis of WAG stock[3].

Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM[4]) works with agricultural commodities and products. Since last April, Archer Daniels stock has dipped 13%. ADM stock gets a “D” grade for operating margin growth, an “F” grade for earnings momentum, an “F” grade for earnings growth, an “F” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, and an “F” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of ADM stock[5].

Avon (NYSE:AVP[6]) manufactures and markets beauty and related products. In the last 12 months. Avon stock is down 19%. AVP stock gets a “D” grade for sales growth, a “D” grade for operating margin growth, an “F” grade for earnings momentum, an “F” grade for earnings growth, an “F” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “F” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, and a “D” grade for cash flow. For more information, view my complete analysis of AVP stock[7].

General Motors (NYSE:GM[8]) is one of the largest American automotive company and has experienced a stock loss of 22% in the last year. GM stock gets a “D” grade for sales growth, an “F” grade for earnings momentum, and a “D” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street. For more information, view my complete analysis of GM stock[9].

Carnival (NYSE:CCL[10]) is a major cruise company based in Miami. In the last year, CCL stock is down 17%. Carnival stock gets a “D” grade for operating margin growth, an “F” grade for earnings growth, a “D” grade for earnings momentum, an “F” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, and a “D” grade for cash flow. For more information, view my complete analysis of CCL stock[11].

Panasonic (NYSE:PC[12]) offers diversified financial services to a variety of customers and has experienced a stock loss of 26% in the last year. C stock gets an “F” grade for sales growth, a “D” grade for earnings growth, an “F” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, and a “D” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months. For more information, view my complete analysis of C stock[13].

Sony (NYSE:SNE[14]) is a major Japanese electronics company. SNE stock is down 38% since last April. Sony stock gets a “D” grade for sales growth, an “F” grade for operating margin growth, an “F” grade for earnings momentum, an “F” grade for earnings growth, an “F” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, an “F” grade for cash flow, and an “F” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of SNE stock[15].

Grupo Televisa (NYSE:TV[16]) is a Mexican media company that rounds out the list. TV stock has dipped 11% since this time last year. TV stock gets an “F” grade for sales growth, a “D” grade for earnings growth, a “D” grade for earnings momentum and a “D” grade for cash flow. For more information, view my complete analysis of TV 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. WAG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WAG
  3. For more information, view my complete analysis of WAG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=wag&submit=submit&type=site
  4. ADM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ADM
  5. For more information, view my complete analysis of ADM stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=adm&submit=submit&type=site
  6. AVP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AVP
  7. For more information, view my complete analysis of AVP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=avp&submit=submit&type=site
  8. GM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GM
  9. For more information, view my complete analysis of GM stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=gm&submit=submit&type=site
  10. CCL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CCL
  11. For more information, view my complete analysis of CCL stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=ccl&submit=submit&type=site
  12. PC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PC
  13. For more information, view my complete analysis of C stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=c&submit=submit&type=site
  14. SNE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SNE
  15. For more information, view my complete analysis of SNE stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=sne&submit=submit&type=site
  16. TV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TV
  17. For more information, view my complete analysis of TV stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=tv&submit=submit&type=site
  18. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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