Thanks in large part to its leverage, Heinz's return on equity for the trailing 12 months stands at 31%, putting it ahead of such technology titans as Microsoft's
Speaking of returns, if W.D. is acknowledging Heinz's potential 6% to 8% growth as a legitimate target, adding its nearly 3.5% dividend yield would provide investors a total return between 9.5% and 11.5%. With value-investing giant Warren Buffett's prediction of 6% stock market returns, it looks like my bearish friend is actually picking Heinz to significantly outperform the market. With bears like that, who needs bulls?
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