What are your favorite public companies?

  • metta

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    Nov 16, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    So I have never been very good at investing money. I have been mostly keeping out of it for several years now but I have a friend that does really well that is going to help me. She told me to pick some companies that I like, preferable companies that I use their products/services. When I started to make a list, almost every company I like has turned out to be private company. So my list so far is pretty short:

    There are 3 that I'm considering telling her so far but I think I need a couple more. She told me to stay away from stocks that the shares are only a couple of dollars per share...that the $30-$500 per share will work better for the method that works for her.
    - Apple - APPL
    - Amazon - AMZN
    - Kellogg (I like Kashi which is owned by Kellogg's) - K


    Other Possibilities:
    United Natural Foods - UNFI
    Naturex - NRX.PA
    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - GMCR
    etc....
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    Nov 16, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    I would say Disney (DIS), Coca Cola (KO), Kraft (KFT), Phillip Morris (PM), McDonalds (MCD), AT&T (T), Lorillard (LO) and Chevron (CVX). They pay great dividends.
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    Nov 16, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    metta8 saidSo I have never been very good at investing money. I have been mostly keeping out of it for several years now but I have a friend that does really well that is going to help me. She told me to pick some companies that I like, preferable companies that I use their products/services. When I started to make a list, almost every company I like has turned out to be private company. So my list so far is pretty short:

    There are 3 that I'm considering telling her so far but I think I need a couple more. She told me to stay away from stocks that the shares are only a couple of dollars per share...that the $30-$500 per share will work better for the method that works for her.
    - Apple - APPL
    - Amazon - AMZN
    - Kellogg (I like Kashi which is owned by Kellogg's) - K


    Other Possibilities:
    United Natural Foods - UNFI
    Naturex - NRX.PA
    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - GMCR
    etc....


    Apple is a great company to invest in, kind of expensive though. Just look for Blue Chip Companies with high dividend yields. You also want to be well diversified. I would find 5 good companies from different sectors. Once you start putting money to work its great to watch it grow. The best thing to do is to find a good financial advisor who can help you. Since your just getting started I wouldn't recommend you getting started on your own.





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    Nov 16, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    My recommendation is to see a professional. If you are a member of a credit union, they may have an investing department. The professionals who are on RJ cannot provide advice. This is an area where you should listen to professionals, not friends or guys on RJ.
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    Nov 17, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    Metta8 - Given that you've been supportive of government interventions - you could consider looking at what Congress invests in given that they are able to legally trade with insider knowledge and perhaps not coincidentally their portfolios have consistently outperformed the markets:

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/11/top-favorite-stock-holdings-of-congress/
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    Nov 17, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidMy recommendation is to see a professional. If you are a member of a credit union, they may have an investing department. The professionals who are on RJ cannot provide advice. This is an area where you should listen to professionals, not friends or guys on RJ.


    You mean like the white shoe boys who advised investors to go with CDS, while their company was going short on them?

    If the professionals were any good, why would they waste their time working in the investing department of a credit union? Even the guys on TV don't know jack.
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    Nov 17, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Now is not a good time for a new investor to enter the market.

    Better to educate yourself during this time. Plenty of good books that teach you the tools and mechanics of investing. Don't take short cuts. Every company has customers that like them. The biggest sucker game in the world...is a 'hot stock tip' from somebody in the know.

    Learn the game and practice, then play. Since you're self-employed, the best investment might be yourself or your business...taking a class, bringing on a intern, etc.
  • metta

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    Nov 30, 2011 7:55 PM GMT

    Hedge Funds Dump Stocks, Hoping for Rebound in 2012

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/45475545

    I still have not put any money in it. I'm just watching it to see if I can get a handle on it better the way my friend does. I'm just watching a few stocks:

    AAPL
    GOOG
    BIDU
    ISRG
    AMZN
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    Nov 30, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    Funny, I thought that this thread asked which are your favorite corporations to appoint to government posts. (Since, you know, they are people now, so presumably could hold office)
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    Nov 30, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    Hedge Funds Dump Stocks, Hoping for Rebound in 2012

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/45475545

    I still have not put any money in it. I'm just watching it to see if I can get a handle on it better the way my friend does. I'm just watching a few stocks:

    AAPL
    GOOG
    BIDU
    ISRG
    AMZN


    Watch Apple closely I believe it could go as high as 600 or 700. Look at GE as well. Chevron (CVX) is a great oil stock and pays great dividends.
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    I agree that this is a tough time to enter the market, given the current volatility. The major indexes soared today but could tank tomorrow based on the decisions of any number of weak governments. The market is bipolar these days.

    I would also suggest getting a copy of Andrew Tobias's The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need http://www.andrewtobias.com/theonly.html. It's a cogent, approachable book which will explain many things for you.

    And until you have some sense of how the market works and how you respond to it, you might want to consider index funds, which own batches of stocks rather than a single stock. You can select one that mirrors the S&P 500, or the NASDAQ average, or is based on sectors such as technology or transportation. You're less likely to take a hit when one company has bad news.
  • metta

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    Dec 01, 2011 11:35 PM GMT

    Facebook's Rumored $100 Billion IPO May Be Announced Between April, June 2012

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/facebooks-ipo-april-june-2012_n_1117593.html
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    Dec 02, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    metta8 said
    Facebook's Rumored $100 Billion IPO May Be Announced Between April, June 2012

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/facebooks-ipo-april-june-2012_n_1117593.html


    I'm very much looking forward to this IPO.