Crista Huff

Stock number one is: 

Costco Wholesale Corporation, (SYMBOL: COST) and the headline says: Costco July Comparable Sales Up 4% -- Fox Business

Membership warehouse retailer Costco reported July same-store-store sales up 4%, and total sales up 7%.  Results were aided by higher prices at its gas stations, and harmed by foreign exchange rates.

Earnings projections have increased since we last reported on Costco in March, to 15, 11 and 11 percent in the next three years.  Citi Research says, “Costco is the best-positioned company in the warehouse club industry to gain market share.”  S&P adds, “We think the company is well-positioned to generate long-term earnings growth.”

The stock price is up 14% since our buy recommendation in March, and still climbing, although the PE is quite high at 26.  We would hold our shares and accumulate more during market corrections.

Our Ransom Note trendline says:  ACCUMULATE COSTCO.

COST Chart

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Stock number two is: 

Mondelez International Inc., (SYMBOL: MDLZ) and the headline says: Mondelez dramatically raises share buyback authorization -- Reuters

Snack food company Mondelez Int’l, which was spun off from Kraft Foods Group last October, announced a new $6 billion share repurchase program, a dividend increase, and that it will build a Cadbury manufacturing plant in India.  The company also reported second quarter earnings of 37 cents per share, beating the consensus estimate of 34 cents.

Earnings are projected to grow 10-12% per year for the next three years.  The PE is 21, and the new dividend yield is 1.7%.

Mondelez stock has been rising this year; trading between $28 and $32 since March, and appears ready to break out.  Again, like CostCo, the stock has good earnings growth and a bullish chart, but a high PE.

Our Ransom Note trendline says..... ACCUMULATE MONDELEZ.

MDLZ Chart

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Crista Huff

Crista Huff is a retired stockbroker from a NYSE member investment firm. She writes about market-timing at Goodfellow LLC and is active politically.
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