When it comes right down to it, nothing is more American than the desire to achieve and to profit.
Fortunately, we can use the tools we have available — such as Portfolio Grader — to do just that. A free market system like we have here in the U.S. allows us to work hard and earn money, then use the stock market to make our money work for us.
With that in mind, I thought I would use this shortened holiday week to take a final look at some great American companies that will allow you to make your money work as hard as you do.
First off, what is more American than sports and rock ‘n’ roll? Madison Square Garden (MSG) owns several sports franchises including the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and the WNBA franchise the New York Liberty. It also owns regional sports networks and Fuse — the cable network devoted to music.
Plus, it obviously also owns the Garden itself — the site of some of the greatest concerts ever as well as some of the greatest boxing matches in history. Throw in Radio City Music Hall (home of the famous Rockettes), the Beacon Theatre and The Chicago Theatre, and you have a pretty solid line-up.
Although we think of Madison Square Garden as just the sport and entertainment complex in mid-town Manhattan, it is in fact a well-rounded sports and entertainment company.
The company has been outperforming too, with earnings growing at close to 20% a year and poised to keep it up. Heck, if the Rangers and the Knicks continue to play well, they could easily surpass that hurdle too. The company has continually surpassed analyst expectations and has been rated “A” for over a year now. Fundamentals continue to improve and the stock remains a “strong buy.”
America is also about money and capital to a very large degree since it requires capital and financial know-how to build and grow a company into a success story. Many great ideas have fallen short or failed to materialize because of a lack of capital.
This is where companies like FBR & Co. (FBRC) come into play. The company provides financial and investment banking services to a wide range of industries including banking, real estate, energy and natural resources. As the markets have begun to recover somewhat, FBR has seen revenues and profits explode this year — with triple digit percentage gains on the top and bottom line.
Plus, many analysts think banking and natural resources companies are about to enter into a lengthy phase of M&A and restructuring activity, which also bodes well for the company. FBRC also provide institutional research and brokerage services to large investors like mutual funds and hedge funds; low interest rates and rising stock prices help this part of the business grow rapidly as well.
The fundamentals have steadily improved and back in December the stock was upgraded to an “A” by Portfolio Grader. The outlook for FBR is fantastic and the stock remains a “strong buy.”
The bottom line: Chances are you work hard for your money. Be sure to use Portfolio Grader to select the best stocks that allow you money to work as hard as you do.
Louis Navellier is the editor of Blue Chip Growth.