Updating Pepsico Inc., T. Rowe Price Group Inc., and Apple Inc.

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PEPSICO INC. $92 (New York symbol PEP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.5 billion; Market cap: $138.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.0; Dividend yield: 3.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.pepsico.com) has suffered lately as a more health-conscious population consumes fewer soft drinks. Sales of its low-calorie sodas have also fallen on concerns over the long-term health effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame. In 2014, total U.S. diet soda sales declined 5.9%. In response, PepsiCo has replaced the aspartame in Diet Pepsi with Splenda, a low-calorie sweetener made from regular sugar. The switch will likely boost sales, as the company has launched a new marketing campaign and promotions that will likely encourage consumers to try the new drink. Even so, PepsiCo’s overall sales will likely stay weak for the rest of 2015. PepsiCo is a hold. T. ROWE PRICE GROUP INC. $71 (Nasdaq symbol TROW; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 256.2 million; Market cap: $18.2 billion; Priceto- sales…

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