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Consumer stocks are often staples of industry. Huge corporations like Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) have long been providing their customers with a variety of everyday products that provide steady growth for the company. However, consumer stocks can also be cyclical or dependent on trends as a means of growth. Examples of these stocks are Crocs (NYSE:CROX) and American Eagle (NYSE:AEO).
Due to all the variables associated with consumer stocks, it is important to consider your needs as an investor and how each stock fits within those needs. Many consumer stocks like Proctor & Gamble are safe investments with consistent dividends and steady growth. Some consumer stocks are more volatile and have higher potential such as Chipotle (NYSE:CMG), which has risen from just above $400 to just under $700 in the past year.
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Procter & Gamble is a household name in anyone's book, but as an investment, right now it's best only for the dividend. Hold on to PG, but don't expect upside More