Yearender: Consumer stocks that created a buzz in 2021

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Highlights

  • Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG) expects its total revenue to be between US$2.40 and US$2.48 in Q4, FY22.

  • Shares of Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) gained over 80% YTD.

  • The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) expects its full fiscal earnings per share to be between US$6.88 and US$7.04 apiece.

Consumer stocks have been in the limelight as the pandemic restrictions eased. These stocks are of special interest to economists and investors because their performance is closely tied to spending that broadly indicates demand and economic health. However, there are a few exceptions. Consumer staple and utility segments may not be affected by external factors.

These companies saw strong gains in consecutive quarters this year despite supply issues. Now, they are pinning their hopes to capitalize on the sales rush during the holiday season.

Here we explore the top five consumer stocks that are in focus during this holiday season.

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)


Amazon is one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies based in Seattle, Washington. It also offers services like cloud computing, digital streaming, etc.

The AMZN stock was priced at US$3327.63 at 11:55 am ET on Dec 20, down 2.14% from its previous close. The Amazon shares gained 6.71% YTD.

Amazon’s market cap is US$1.68 trillion, the P/E ratio is 64.96, and the forward P/E one year is 83.36. Its EPS is US$51.12. The stock saw the highest price of US$3,773.08 and the lowest price of US$2,881.00 in the last 52 weeks. Its share volume on Dec 17 was 4,287,758.

Its net sales surged 15% YoY to US$110.8 billion in Q3, FY21. The net income was US$3.15 billion, or US$6.12 per diluted share, against US$6.33 billion, or US$12.37 per diluted share in Q3, FY20.

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Signet Jewelers Limited (NYSE: SIG)


Signet is one of the world’s largest diamond retailers based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Its shares traded at US$77.01 at 12:02 pm ET on Dec 20, down 7.99% from their previous close. The stock price increased by 202.71% YTD.

It has a market cap of US$4.08 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.81, and a forward P/E one year of 7.71. Its EPS is US$11.40. The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$111.92 and US$25.64, respectively. Its trading volume was 2,987,848 on Dec 17.

The sales rose 18.3% YoY to US$1.53 billion in Q3, FY22. The net income was US$92.6 million compared to US$9.3 million in Q3, FY21.

The company expects its total revenue to be between US$2.40 and US$2.48 in Q4, FY22.

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Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (NYSE: EL)


Estee Lauder is a personal care products retailer based in New York. It manufactures and sells a range of products for skincare, makeup, etc.

Its shares traded at US$345.33 at 12:12 pm ET on Dec 20, down 0.18% from their previous close. The stock gained 35.68% YTD.

It has a market cap of US$124.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 41.79, and a forward P/E one year of 46.56. Its EPS is US$8.25. The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$369.24 and US$231.97, respectively. Its trading volume was 2,557,813 on Dec 17.

The company's net sales jumped 23% YoY to US$4.39 billion in Q1, FY22. Its net earnings came in at US$695 million compared to US$525 million in Q1, FY21.

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Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI)


Albertsons is one of America’s leading grocery supermarket chain operators based in Boise, Idaho.

The stock was priced at US$30.285 at 12:18 pm ET on Dec 20, down 1.80% from its previous close. The stock gained 80.14% YTD. Its market cap is US$14.25 billion, the P/E ratio is 27.01, and the forward P/E one year is 12.14. Its EPS is US$1.13.

The stock saw the highest price of US$37.85 and the lowest price of US$15.21 in the last 52 weeks. Its share volume on Dec 17 was 2,831,956.

Its total revenue was US$16.50 billion in Q2, FY21, compared to US$15.75 billion in the year-ago quarter. Its net income was US$295.2 million versus US$284.5 million in Q2, FY20.

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The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)


The Hershey Company is one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers based in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. It provides baked products like cookies, cakes, beverages, etc.

Its shares traded at US$187.40 at 12:22 pm ET on Dec 20, down 0.12% from their previous close. The stock gained 24.33% YTD.

It has a market cap of US$38.53 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.19, and a forward P/E one year of 26.50. Its EPS is US$6.88. The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$192.66 and US$143.58, respectively. Its trading volume was 1,694,606 on Dec 17.

Hershey's net sales rose 6.3% YoY to US$2.35 billion in Q3, FY21. Its net income was US$444.92 million compared to US$447.28 million in Q3, FY20.

The company expects its full fiscal earnings to be between US$6.88 and US$7.04 per share, representing a YoY increase of 13% to 15%, respectively.

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Bottomline

According to the National Retail Federation, US holiday sales are likely to generate US$860 billion in revenue this year. Firms dealing with apparel, electronics, food, etc., are likely to benefit most. The S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Sector rose 18.62% YTD while growing 8.07% QTD.

 


 


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