World’s Most Recognized Brands to Buy in 2019
We recently did a Top 10 Favourite Canadian Companies. This time, we’re looking at the beloved companies that have brand recognition across the world. These corporations have operations across the globe and are leaders in their domain. Their balance sheets are good and make great long-term investments. They also usually pay a dividend. Most of them are considered blue-chip stocks.
Blue-chip stocks are highly respected and widely known, publicly-traded companies. These well-established stocks are thought to be financially sound and are generally less volatile. Household names such as Coca-Cola Company (KO-N), Microsoft (MSFT-Q) and many others are examples of blue-chip stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a good example of an index that follows blue-chip stocks.
Here are the world’s most recognized brands to buy in 2019:
Tiffany & Co. New (TIF-N)
The Tiffany blue is known to set a flutter in the hearts of many across the world. The famed New York jeweler is known for their luxurious diamonds and sterling silver. They’ve performed well over the last quarters so it could be a good buy if you like the luxury sector.
Investors buy luxury stocks at the bottom of a recession, because the rich part of a population hold up much better in a recession. Now is not a good time to enter luxury stocks. There's nothing wrong with Tiffany per se, but now is not the time and TIF is slightly exposed to China, which…
Nordstrom Inc (JWN-N)
An American chain of luxury department stores. They’ve done well in implementing their e-commerce platform. Their stock has pulled back since their 52-week high of $67 but they recently got a rating upgrade. The management is known to give good guidance and is still a solid buy.
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
They are a leader in entertainment and have a strong global brand. They acquired 21st Century Fox last year which widened their content offering. Their newly announced streaming service has given a lift to their stock prices. A strong brand to buy and hold while taking a dividend yield of 1.6%.
He was too early recommending Disney. If shares remain at today's levels next week, he will add to his holding. Disney shares slid today in guilt by association because of Netflix tanking. He disagrees with the street which reacted to Netflix's forecast that the streaming audience is limited. No, there's room here. Also, Disney operates…
Ford Motor (F-N)
The fabled automaker is facing a transition in the auto market. Vehicles are moving from gas to electric. They do have some interesting models coming out but it’s a challenging time in a tough space.
Has not owned in this cycle. Tends to do well at the beginning of a recession and drops quickly at its peak with volatility along the way. Consider it a trading stock. Toyota is a higher quality OEM. More growth with suppliers of components and specialty materials in the business: Sika, Texas Instruments,TSM , LAM.…
Coca-Cola Company (KO-N)
A giant in the beverage sector. It’s also one of Warren Buffet’s favourite stocks. They pay a good dividend and is more of a defensive play. They’re diversifying from their core to sports drinks. They also bought a coffee company with potential for good growth. Analysts say that Coke has limited downsides and likely upside.
Stockchase research editor Michael O'Reilly selected the company as a top pick yesterday. Mentions are up 34% for the past week on dividend communities.
Nike Inc (NKE-N)
An American multinational that’s a leader in activewear. Their nike footwear have dedicated fans and their recent entry into china was great. A globally well-managed company.
He still likes Nike. His gut tells him that their Chinese business will be good and Nike pulls it off. He wouldn't be surprised if they beat their report. He actually likes American companies with large exposure to China, even though their shares are coming down a lot.
A leading food, snacks and beverage company. They’ve had some difficulty growing but they’ve diversifying away from the shrinking carbonated beverage category. More than 50% of their revenue now comes from other sources and they’ve bounced back.
It reports Tuesday, and he expects good numbers though he worries about freight costs and supply chain issues. Pays nearly a 3% yield.
Goodyear Tire (GT-Q)
They have new contracts, and are turning around the company. They announced good earnings and are rebounding. They have serious brand recognition in the sector and should grow long term.
They recently bought Cooper Tire and have pretty much taken over the tire industry. All last four quarters have beaten, and last Friday they delivered a huge earnings beat which sent shares soaring. This keeps going higher.
Target Corp (TGT-N)
The department store that failed in Canada. Things seem to be coming back to normal after Christmas sales. Though it’s not the most compelling in its space, it enjoys lots of shoppers and is a solid hold.
(A Top Pick Jun 21/21, Down 6.5%) He just added shares. Target touched $279 in an explosive run, but has pulled back in recent months. The PE trades around 16-18x, lower than the S&P PE, plus Target's 2021 sales growth is $15 billion is monster growth. Digital sales have been huge for them in recent…
Barbie, American Girl and Fisher-Price are under their belt and they have great brand power. The consumer discretionary sector is particularly harsh. They have brought in a new CEO in the last couple years to fix the situation and it could be a turnaround store. There have also been some talks of a takeover by Hasbro.
The toy sector is not high-growth, based on a shrinking birth rate. She much prefers Disney, because they own content they can license to toymakers like Mattel.
Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN-Q)
The company known for their donuts. They also have Baskin-Robbins Franchises under their brands. They’ve had some volatility so do your homework. They are usually regarded in comparison to Starbucks.
Today, the New York Times reported that a private entity wants to buy Dunkin'. Some felt that this stock was already overextended, but he disagrees. Their track record in acquisitions is fantastic. It has survived while peers have fallen away.
The American clothing brand that also runs Old Navy and Banana Republic. They announced closing 230 stores and splitting off of Old Navy in 2020. They’ve experienced volatility due to restructuring but it’s still a solid long term hold.
American Eagle is better (he owns it) at a 3% yield and good managers and it just bought a great company, and the stock is getting hammered. So, how can he recommend Gap, whose business is worse?
The Japanese automaker and they’re vying to be the largest auto manufacturer on the planet. There’s been a slowdown in car sales but they’re one of the strongest auto companies.
We are seeing some green shoots in auto dealers over the last few weeks. TM-N offers both Gas and Electric vehicles. For auto sales you have to understand 2021 – how many layoffs are permanent. He thinks auto sales will continue to decrease over the next two to three years. More auto companies may be…
The global coffee company that’s shaped coffee culture around the world. They’ve been stock market darlings and continue to innovate, but it’s pretty expensive. Wait for a pullback and hold for long-term.
(A Top Pick Jan 29/21, Up 9%) Great holding. Still grew despite Covid. China growth has slowed. Still a growth story long term. A bit expensive now, wait a bit for a new purchase.
Walmart Inc (WMT-N)
The big-box store that’s vying to be a leader in retail. They are facing harsh competition from Amazon. They’ve been effective in growing their online presence, and are competing well. It’s a more defensive choice and will do relatively well going forward.
Believes Costco better buy than Walmart. Company focusing too much on what Amazon is doing. Slow to innovate and has given ground to Amazon as a result. Lots of attractive attributes, however seem unable to use cash effectively. Not a well run company.
One of the most recognized brand across the world. The golden arches can be seen virtually anywhere in the world. They are well run and have good cash flow. They pay a good dividend.
They report Thursday. Restaurants are in disarray because of Omicron and broken supply chains. The industry faces a winner-take-all situation and the last man standing will be MCD.
Estee Lauder (EL-N)
A giant in prestige skincare, makeup and other beauty products. It has a high price that’ll grow even higher still. They are expanding into Asia and they have great cash flow.
(A Top Pick May 07/21, Up 8%) Believes company will benefit as economy opens up after Covid-19 pandemic. Makeup sales will grow as people return to normal life. Re-opening offices, stores and restaurants will see women use more makeup. Company has superb management and products.
Macys Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores) (M-N)
A well-known department store in the United States. They’ve been facing competition from Amazon and the contracting brick and mortar model. They have a lot of embedded capital and are still a stable company.
If the Omicron variant does not slow down the economy and the market snaps back, then buy... Delivered a super quarter. When tourists come back to Macy's flagship store, the stock will have a great quarter.
Mastercard Inc. (MA-N)
One of the most used payment providers and has grown well. With the growing e-commerce and use of online payment, this will continue to grow. They’re focusing on emerging market, where there is potential for huge growth as well.
He likes the payment companies. He owns MA, but likes Visa just the same. Rough the past little while, due to fewer cross-border transactions and travel. These names will continue to move higher. Long-term chart is very strong. Digital only recently surpassed cash, so still lots of growth. Payment companies have more upside, as they'll…
Everyone who’s used a computer knows Microsoft and Windows. They have a great business model and they’re growing their cloud service. The move to software as a service that’s increased their rate of growth.
They report Tuesday after the close. With Shopify down today. People are saying that online shopping and business is done. That's not true. We need to hear about continued growth in Azure cloud.
A high-quality company that’s a trillion dollar business. The iPhone has dominated the smartphone space and they’re growing their services. A high-quality company that will continue to grow.
They report Thursday and it could be anti-climatic this time. Why? For the first time in ages, Apple stock will be coming in high during a report. Own, don't trade it. Also boasts superior technology.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE-N)
A leader in software services to other global corporations. They are extremely well run and earnings have been moving up. A solid investment since they have a good dividend, free cash flow and good future growth. They are also buying back shares so it could be a good chance to hop in.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks This so-called “old tech” name has gained 52% in the past year. Surprising? Apple has climbed 36%. While FAANG has been stealing the spotlight, HPE has been making money. The company last reported on November 23 (Q3-2021): revenues climbed 9% YOY, adjusted earnings leapt 52% while both numbers beat expectations. Guidance…
A tech stock that has proven to perform well and has shown consecutive growth. They have a new CEO. It is a good long term investment and it’s a good price right now. They pay a nice dividend.
They report Wednesday. The CEO is thinking of building a new Silicon Valley in Ohio, costing $20 billion over several years. He hopes the CEO explains how it'll be funded and Ohio's government helps out.
Visa Inc. (V-N)
The biggest credit card company in the world. They’re growing internationally, after buying Visa Europe. It has positive outlook with a good chart. The move away from physical money to virtual will help Visa’s growth.
Compared to similar company like Mastercard, metrics (return on equity, cash flow etc.) are not as competitive. Worry about strength of competitive moat. Risk that credit card product will be replaced by new technology. However, Visa is a good alternative to Mastercard.
A computer hardware, software, and cloud service company. They have been struggling to keep up with their competition though their chart is okay. They’re acquisition of Red Hat didn’t go well with investors but they have a buyback program and 5% yield, so it could be alright for a long term hold.
They report Monday. He expects little from a complex quarter because of a recent spin-off. He likes how the CEO has sold assets from its health division.
Alphabet Inc. / Google (GOOG-Q)
Google is almost synonymous with the internet and large parts of the web are accessed through it. They don’t pay a dividend, but have immense growth potential as leaders in multiple domains. With assets like Youtube, Google Home and Android, they are well diversified.
AI is incredible opportunity that will be beneficial to company. AI very expensive business to get into and company has incredible advantages in this field. Good company to buy.
Exxon Mobil (XOM-N)
A multinational oil and gas corporation that provides good value to investors. They’ve been hit over concerns that the market is moving away from carbon fuels. As with other energy stocks, it’s been pushed down, but with a 4% dividend yield, you can get paid to wait.
(A Top Pick Feb 05/21, Up 54%) Likes energy. In his income portfolio, with its 9.5% dividend. Oil will never disappear, nor will uranium. Energy has been hot all year, and it's inflationary.
3M Co. (MMM-N)
A industrial giant that’s a quality business. It’s been very consistent through the years and has different lines of businesses. They’ve been hit with the trade-tensions. They pay a healthy dividend of 6% so you’ll be paid to be patient on this one. Generally a good long term hold.
Raw costs are going up and has problems with ground water (https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-3M-groundwater-pollution-problem/). Don't abandon it. Fine to own right here.
An international courier delivery company. If you’ve shopped online, there’s a good chance it was shipped through FedEx. Amazon and other e-commerce needs someone to ship their orders and FedEx has profited well from that though Amazon is now entering deliveries.
FDX vs. UPS The chart's long-term 200-day MA is starting to flatline and fall slightly, and the share price is still beneath it. Technically, doesn't look great. Challenged with severe labour market constraints and rising wages. Struggling to improve ground and express margins. UPS 5-year earnings growth is 12% a year, whereas FDX is around…
United Parcel Services (UPS-N)
The trade war brought them down last year but it’s a good company. However, they are better positioned to deal with an economic slowdown. They too have been facing pressure from Amazon over deliveries.
UPS vs. FDX FDX chart's long-term 200-day MA is starting to flatline and fall slightly, and the share price is still beneath it. Technically, FDX doesn't look great, challenged with severe labour market constraints and rising wages, struggling to improve ground and express margins. UPS 5-year earnings growth is 12% a year, whereas FDX is…
American Airlines Group (AAL-Q)
One of the biggest airline carriers, They pay a dividend so you get paid while holding long term. They’ve been moving sideways for a while and they’re in a tough sector.
Airlines traditionally not a good investment (require a lot of capital and don't return much equity). Would not recommend as a long term investment. Don't buy.
The leading telecommunication company in the US. They’re implementing 5G and are considered lower risk than other telecos. They have a lot of recurring payments from contracts so they have stability. Their dividends are considered to be stable.
Company caught in "value trap" where stock price looks cheap, however earnings disappoint and stock price continues to go down. Not much growth going forward and believes dividend must be cut. Believes a communication services company rather than a tech stock. Advises not to buy stock.