Benefit from the biggest household expense

Food is the single-largest expense item for many households worldwide. This spending is also expected to grow as the global population expands and becomes wealthier. However, food producers can be subject to volatile food prices and need to be nimble to capture opportunities as consumer… Read More

Q: Hi Pat: I am curious as to what you think of Chef’s Warehouse. Thank you for your great advice over the years.

A: The Chef’s Warehouse, $19.85, symbol CHEF on Nasdaq (Shares outstanding: 26.4 million; Market cap: $520.6 million,, distributes specialty food products in the U.S. and Canada. Its product portfolio includes about 43,000 items comprising specialty foods such as artisan charcuterie (prepared meats), gourmet cheeses,… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, April 29, 2011

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve put six sell recommendations, and our reasons for those recommendations, in the latest issue of Wall Street Stock Forecaster. Here are the sells:

Harte-Hanks Inc., New York symbol HHS

Liz Claiborne Inc., New York symbol LIZ

Washington Federal Inc., Nasdaq symbol WFSL

Supervalu Inc., New… Read More

Time to sell these six

We’re always on the lookout for new stocks that we feel offer
conservative investors strong growth with limited risk. International
Flavors & Fragrances (this issue), is a good example.

At the same time, we constantly monitor our current recommendations
for reasons that might cause us to change our opinion.
Here… Read More

Wall Street Stock Forecaster Hotline – Friday, February 11, 2011

BECKMAN COULTER INC., $82.78, New York symbol BEC, has accepted a friendly, $83.50-a-share takeover offer from Danaher Corp. (New York symbol DHR).

Beckman shareholders and regulators must still approve the deal, but it should close by June 30, 2011. The stock is trading below Danaher’s offer,… Read More

Despite profit drop, Sysco raises dividend

SYSCO INC. $29 (New York symbol SYY; Conservative Growth Portfolio; Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 585.1 million; Market cap: $17.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.4; Dividend yield: 3.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; distributes food and supplies to over 400,000 North American restaurants. Sysco’s revenue rose 7.4% in… Read More


C.R. BARD INC. $78 (New York symbol BCR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 95.1 million; Market cap: $7.4 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 0.9%; WSSF Rating: Above Average) is seeing rising demand for its medical devices, particularly in emerging markets.

The higher… Read More

Short-term challenges weigh on these two

Food sellers Sysco and Supervalu stand to gain from increasing restaurant traffic and grocery store sales as the economy recovers. However, they could have trouble passing along higher food and other costs to their customers. We feel both stocks will likely make little progress in… Read More