U.S. consumer confidence rose in June to the highest since February 2008, but the question is: When are consumers going to spend a lot more to give the economy a turnaround? John Faucher, senior analyst at JPMorgan Chase and Linda Bolton Weiser, managing director at Caris & Co. said there are consumer stocks that investors ought to own right now—and a few to avoid.
Procter & Gamble options are among the most heavily traded Friday, with much of the activity in the April contract. The trading appears to signal a big bet that more volatile times are ahead for the consumer products giant.
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Q: On Fast Money’s trader radar we look at the stock that was lighting up screens across Wall Street. This cosmetics company was actually started by a young man, selling books and perfume door-to-door. Today it's the world’s largest direct seller of cosmetics, with popular brands like Skin-So-Soft and Derek Jeter’s Driven cologne. Shares of the company are looking pretty today, they surged after fourth-quarter profits rose 80%. Who is it?
I was talking with one of the traders at the NYSE Commissary this morning, and we agreed that last year's fourth quarter was like dying by being thrown out of a plane: it was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. This year is like dying of consumption.
With people looking for some extra cash to soften the blow of the holidays on their bank accounts, direct-selling companies, like Avon Products, Tupperware and Popular Club are seeing a recruitment boom.
This stock used to be a great recession play, but is it still?
The thesis behind this stock isn't as air tight as it used to be. So Cramer went straight to the chief exec to find out why.
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A new plan to keep homeowners from foreclosure could be a much-needed boost to that sector's retailers.
A series of companies reported earnings Thursday, offered a mixed picture and generally cautious outlooks.
Stocks will likely rock and roll again Thursday. Wednesday's market was particularly volatile, although for a good part of the day it was unusually calm as investors waited for the Fed's rate decision. In the final half hour, the Dow wiped out a big gain to end 74 points lower. The Dow was up 298 at its peak, and down 174 at its low point.
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Linda Bolton-Weiser, managing director at Caris & Company, says consumer staples stocks are the way to go. She expects earnings growth to be relatively strong at "around 10 percent on average."
As uncertainty in the markets intensifies, with the Dow falling 812.33 points in the last three days to its lowest level since November 2005, and the S&P 500 tumbling 95.29 to May 2005 levels, investors are increasingly seeking "safe havens" to weather the current crisis.
The recent strength in high-end beauty & personal care companies goes against assumptions that consumers are trading down. How should you play it?
Cramer means it when he says it. Our great national nightmare is over.
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