4 Consumer Stocks That Soared in Q1

These companies bucked the market malaise to post strong gains through the first three months of 2014.

Apr 1, 2014 at 6:30PM

It's been a rough year for investors with the major market indices posting flattish returns during the first three months of 2014. However, there have been more than a few winners during the first quarter.  Let's go over a few of the consumer-facing companies that saw their stocks post healthy double-digit gains in this year's freshman quarter.

E-Commerce China Dangdang (NYSE:DANG) -- up 50% in Q1
It wasn't a good quarter for domestic online retailers. The market leader saw its shares plunge 16%, and it was one of the lucky ones. It's a different story in China, where some of the country's biggest gainers were e-tailers.

Dangdang got its start selling books through its website, but it has gone on to expand into bigger-ticket general merchandise items. That may sound familiar, but for Dangdang, it's been a rocky run as a profitless operator until just recently. Dangdang shot higher after posting a surprising profit in its latest quarter when analysts were settling for another loss. There are naturally some pretty significant risks when buying into China, but Dangdang has lived up to the greater rewards' end of the bargain so far in 2014.

Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) -- up 40% in Q1
The company behind the Keurig single-cup brewer soared 82% last year after fears of its fading relevance were vanquished. The original K-Cup patents may have run out, but Keurig still has too many potent relationships, affiliates, and products in the pipeline to dismiss that easily.

Keurig got a major credibility boost this year when the world's largest beverage company agreed to buy a 10% stake in the company and offer up its popular brands as beverage flavors for the upcoming Keurig Cold machine.  

RealD (NYSE:RLD) -- up 31% in Q1
Multiplex attendance has been relatively stagnant in recent years, but a big reason why box office receipts are inching higher is that exhibitors are able to charge more for 3-D screenings and other premium experiences. RealD is the leading outfitter of 3-D systems for multiplex operators.

This isn't just a stateside phenomenon. RealD turned heads two weeks ago when it announced a deal with a Chinese exhibitor that will result in 780 screens being upgraded by RealD's platform.

RealD shares also spiked after posting better-than-expected quarterly results in early February. It came through with strong top-line results, fueled partly by the success of Gravity gaining rave reviews for its visual artistry that seemed to beg for 3-D screenings. It also posted a much narrower deficit than the pros targeted. 

Skullcandy (NASDAQ:SKUL) -- up 27% in Q1
It's been three summers since Skullcandy went public at $20. The maker of edgy headphones, earbuds, and other accessories has spent most of the past three years as a busted IPO, and that didn't change this past quarter. Skullcandy continues to trade in the single digits. However, it may finally be ready to live up to the hype.

Most of Skullcandy's pop came on March 7, the day after posting quarterly results. It posted another loss on a brutal 28% drop in sales for the holiday quarter, but it did surprise the market with guidance calling for sales to increase during the first quarter and for all of 2014. That's music to Wall Street's ears. 

Three stocks poised to be multibaggers in the future
The one sure way to get wealthy is to invest in a groundbreaking company that goes on to dominate a multibillion-dollar industry. Our analysts have found multibagger stocks like Netflix time and again. And now they think they've done it again with three stock picks that they believe could generate the same type of phenomenal returns. They've revealed these picks in a new free report that you can download instantly by clicking here now.


Rick Munarriz owns shares of Keurig Green Mountain. The Motley Fool recommends Keurig Green Mountain. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

©1995-2014 The Motley Fool. All rights reserved. | Privacy/Legal Information

Compare Brokers