Founded in 1898, Whirlpool (WHR) is the world's largest appliance manufacturer with over $20 billion in annual sales. The company makes and sells laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small home appliances under brands names like Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Jenn-Air.
With roots tracing back to 1949, Enbridge (ENB) is North America's largest midstream energy company. The firm's oil & gas pipelines, terminals, storage facilities, and processing plants help connect the continent's most vital energy producing regions. Enbridge also owns regulated natural gas distribution utilities and various renewable power generation assets.
In business since 1837, Procter & Gamble (PG) has grown into one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer goods. The company currently sells 65 product brands in more than 180 countries. Procter & Gamble's leading brands include Luvs, Pampers, Tampax, Charmin, Downy, Tide, Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Old Spice, Pantene, Gillette, Braun, [...]
Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) is one of America’s largest master limited partnerships. The firm's pipeline systems primarily transport refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel from refineries, helping them eventually reach gas stations, truck stops, airports, and other end users. Magellan owns the longest refined products pipeline system in the country, extending over [...]
Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) is one of North America's largest midstream master limited partnerships, with about 50,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemical pipelines. The firm also owns a number of storage facilities, processing plants, and export terminals.Enterprise’s network of assets is connected to nearly every major [...]
Vodafone (VOD) was founded in 1984 in the U.K. and has grown into one of the world’s largest telecom conglomerates. Along with its joint venture partners, the company has about 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers throughout Europe and dozens of other countries worldwide. Mobile services, which [...]
Founded in 1903, Ford (F) is one of the largest auto makers worldwide. The company sells a full line of Ford trucks, SUVs, cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. Ford also provides financial services and is investing in electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) announced plans on December 15 to acquire DuPont's Nutrition and Biosciences business for $26.2 billion in a deal that would more than double the company's size. DuPont shareholders will own 55.4% of the new company and existing IFF investors will own 44.6%. Investors didn't like the news, sending IFF shares 10% lower [...]
Boeing (BA) said Monday it would temporarily suspend production of its grounded 737 MAX beginning in January. Many investors had anticipated this news, as demonstrated by Boeing's relatively muted stock price reaction (shares are down about 4% since Friday's close). As you may recall, the 737 MAX is Boeing's best-selling plane model (expected to account for about [...]
Founded in 1898, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) generates most of its revenue from procuring, transporting, and processing corn, oilseeds, wheat, and other commodities which are turned into products for food, beverage, animal feed, chemical, and energy uses around the world. The firm's end products include vegetable oil, protein meal, flour, corn sweeteners, starch, ethanol, and [...]
Franklin Resources (BEN) has raised its dividend every year since 1981 and offers a 4% dividend yield, an all-time high for the stock. While the asset manager's payout continues to look safe, Franklin faces several headwinds that could weigh on its future performance and pace of dividend growth.
The 2014-16 oil crash, regulatory changes, and U.S. tax reform combined to upend the midstream MLP industry in recent years. As a result of these challenges, numerous MLPs have executed substantial corporate restructuring activities, with some converting from partnerships to corporations. Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) has long defended its structure as a partnership. After all, [...]
Qualcomm (QCOM) has had a volatile year as the firm worked to address the significant legal risks faced by its core patent licensing business, which customers and government agencies accused of charging excess rates. The two major overhangs were a dispute with Apple and an antitrust suit issued against the company by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). [...]
In February 2019, Gap (GPS) announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies in 2020, hoping to unlock value from its faster-growing Old Navy brand. Since then, the apparel retailer's performance has deteriorated, and Gap's CEO unexpectedly resigned in November. As a result of the company's persistent performance challenges and weakening fundamentals, the risk of Gap [...]
Established in 1889, McCormick (MCK) manufactures and distributes over 16,000 spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers, and foodservice businesses. Some of the company's leading brands include McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Lawry’s, Club House, Zatarain’s, Thai Kitchen, and Simply Asia.