Top Halloween Stocks

Have you bought your Halloween candy yet for the trick-or-treaters? If not, you better get going, so that you can support the candy companies. Other industries can also benefit from Halloween stocks.

Of course, the biggest beneficiaries of Halloween are the producers of sweets. Hershey Foods (HSY) is one of the largest chocolate and confectionery companies in the world, known for its Hershey Kisses and Hershey Bars. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 21, and a yield of 2.3%.

Tootsie Roll Industries (TR) has various candy brands for trick-or-treaters including Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Charms, Blow-Pops, Blue Razz, Zip-A-Dee Pops, Cella’s, Mason Dots, Mason Crows, Junior Mint, Charleston Chew, Sugar Daddys, and Sugar Babies. The stock has a P/E of 35 and a yield of 0.9%.

Watching scary movies is another popular event on Halloween. Netflix (NFLX), the huge provider of videos in the US, has an extensive selection of scary movies in its collection of titles. The stock trades as 114 times forward earnings. It does not pay a dividend.

A major producer of scary movies is Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF.A), which has made such films as American Psycho, Ginger Snaps, Route 666, The Devil’s Rejects, House of the Dead 2, Saw VI, See No Evil, Hostel: Part II, My Bloody Valentine 3D and many others. Lionsgate has a price to earnings ratio of 34.

Hopefully, your Halloween stocks become treats and not tricks.

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Valentine’s Day Stock Portfolio

Valentine’s Day is today. I hope you didn’t forget. Several stocks may benefit from this day of love, including those in the business of flowers, chocolate, jewelry, greeting cards, and gift wrap.

If you don’t have time to pick them up yourself, you can order flowers from Inc. (FLWS). The comany is the largest publicly traded company of flowers, plus sells cookies, cakes, candy, wines, gift baskets, and other gifts for your valentine. The stock trades at 20.1 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up a little over 1% on a year-over-year basis.

All valentines enjoy the gift of chocolate. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. (RMCF), based in Durango, Colorado creates and sells various types of chocolate candy including caramels, creams, mints, and truffles. The company was founded in 1981, has over 300 franchise locations. The forward price to earnings ratio is 11.4. Rocky Mountain pays a very generous dividend yield of 4.38%.

What valentine doesn’t like jewelry. Tiffany (TIF), founded in 1837, is one of the top jewelry companies in the world, with more than 60 U.S. stores and numerous international locations. Something like a Platinum Pear Cut Emerald And Round Diamond Pendant would make a nice gift (price is only $120,443). The stock trades at 19.1 times forward earnings. This stock also pays a dividend, with a yield of 2.11%.

CSS Industries Inc. (CSS) markets gift wrap, gift bags, boxed greeting cards, gift tags, tissue paper, decorations, and decorative ribbons and bows. The stock trades at 11.9 times forward earnings, and pays a favorable yield of 3.17%.

For more stocks that could increase sales from the Valentine experience, such as candy and chocolate stocks, check out the free lists here at The lists can be downloaded, sorted, and updated.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.