11 Sweet Investment Treats for Halloween

As the week begins on a scary note, investors shouldn’t be afraid of the black and orange today because Americans will spend $6 billion on Halloween. There’s plenty for investors to enjoy with these 11 stocks for a sweet Halloween.


The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) reported third quarter earnings last week with earnings per share of $0.86, surpassing analysts’ estimates by $0.02. Revenue saw a five percent increase to $1.62 as compared to the previous year, falling in line with forecasts.

Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR) quietly reported its third quarter earnings last week, nets sales were $187.7 million vs. $191 million from the previous year. Net earnings dropped to $18.3 million from $26.4 million in the previous year. Earnings per share dropped 29 percent to $0.32 from $0.45 one year ago.

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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) kicked off the new week by announcing licensing agreements with Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). However, Disney loves Halloween because character costumes are a major hit with the kids. Keep your eye on how many trick-or-treaters are dressed in a Walt Disney creation.

Scary movies 

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) reported last Thursday that its third quarter earnings per share of $0.19 beat analysts’ estimates by $0.04 and its revenue rose 6.8 percent to $743.6 million as compared to the previous year. This beat estimates by $14 million.

A record summer at the box office helped the company this quarter and it sees a positive outlook for the upcoming holiday movie season.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) announced on Saturday, Oct. 29 that it acquired 10 theatres in Argentina (95 screens), from Hoyts General Cinema South America, Inc. The theaters are located in the greater Buenos Aires area, Salta, Nuevo Centro and Patio Olmos in Cordoba. Financial details were not disclosed by the company.

In addition to its extended licensing agreement with Disney, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s stock has been beaten up lately, including a negative response to price changes. In a recent 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company wrote, “If we do not reverse the negative consumer sentiment toward our brand and if we continue to experience significant customer cancellations and a decline in subscriber additions, our results of operations including our cash flow will be adversely impacted.

Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR) announced third quarter earning last week with its earnings per share of $1.18 exceeding estimates by $0.30 and a revenue increase of 23 percent to $466 million from the previous year. This beat estimates by $4 million.

While this news was favorable, the company also included in its report, plans to increase prices on standard def DVD rentals from $1.00 to $1.20.

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Costumes, candy and inexpensive scary movies

CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) will announce its third quarter earnings report on Thursday. Ahead of the report,  Citi analyst suggested clients buy the stock. Weinswig believes the company will report “strong same-store sales growth on account of customers transferring their prescriptions from rival Walgreen (NYSE:WAG)” as it continues discussions with Express-Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX). The analyst boosted the stock’s price target from from $44 to $45 while sticking with a Buy rating.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT): Discrimination claims against the large retailer continue when an amended lawsuit hit the California court system on Thursday. The discrimination suit  has female California employees alleging Wal-Mart treats them unfairly through the denial of pay raises and promotions due to gender bias. According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, this lawsuit is the first of many that will be filed in different regions over the next three to six months.

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT): Target announced last week that Black Friday shoppers can get a jump on their holiday purchases when the company opens stores at midnight this year. While this is four hours earlier than last year, the company still lags behind competitors who opened on Thanksgiving Day last year. These stores included Toys R Us, Gap (GPS ) and Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD).

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