By Stephen Rosenman:Philip Morris International (PM), Altria (MO), and Kraft (KFT) - three dominating staples stocks. How kind Altria has been to its shareholders: Not only a strong stock performance by big MO but the welcome addition of the Philip Morris International and Kraft spin-offs.
ByAlpha Hunter:With increasing bans in the industry, Tobacco companies have to rely on price increase to boost revenue. The transformation of the American tobacco industry into a cartel due to "Master Settlement Agreement" has provided these companies with an opportunity to increase sales. This presents us with a great investment opportunity within the Tobacco industry.
By Spencer Knight:
Blue-chip stocks are great investment decisions for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons is that blue-chip companies are supposed to be strong enough to withstand economic turmoil. A second reason to invest in blue chips is the history of paying a dividend. In theory blue chips are strong enough to continually pay and increase their dividend regardless of the economic environment.
David Oldenburg submits:Events to Trade Monday 1) Earnings for XOM, BIDU, ITW 2) Personal Income and Personal Spending Last week on Friday, Ford (F) dropped 13% and Amazon (AMZN) dropped 7.2%. A reminder that earnings and guidance and expectations are important, and priced into stocks.