NEW YORK, February 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, National Traders Association announced new research reports highlighting The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL), Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) and The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
The Procter & Gamble Company Research Report
P&G, the world's largest consumer goods producer, recently reported impressive results for the last three months of 2012, or Q2 2013. The company earned $4.1 billion, up from $1.7 billion earnings during the same quarter in the previous fiscal year. The impressive results are driven by the company's cost-cutting efforts as well as the introduction of new products, including Tide Pods and a new version of the Pantene shampoo. Gaining 1.8 percent in 2012, P&G stands a better chance of performing better in 2013 than its rivals, including Colgate-Palmolive. Due to strategic pricing, the company's sales are increasing. In the long term, it is aiming to increase sales volume while maintaining higher prices. P&G owns some of the best brands in the world that are known for trust and quality, allowing it to charge a premium for its products. Looking ahead, P&G expects to experience stable growth in 2013. The company repurchased $1.4 billion in stock in the latest quarter, totaling of $4 billion worth of repurchases since July 2012. P&G expects to repurchase $6 billion by June. Q3 2013 earnings of P&G are tentatively scheduled to be released on April 24, 2013. The Full Research Report on The Procter & Gamble Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/e890_PG]
Colgate-Palmolive Company Research Report
Another leading consumer goods dealer, Colgate-Palmolive, is also likely to beat analyst estimates. With a buy rating and a positive earnings ESP, the company's strategic acquisition and divestment activities, as well as its sustained focus on product innovation can provide growth opportunities that can boost profitability. In 2012, Colgate-Palmolive's sales gained 13.2 percent. Over half of its sales come from developing markets, including Brazil and China. For Q4 2012, the company reported adjusted earnings of $1.41 per share, approximately 8.5 percent beyond Q4 2011's adjusted earnings of $1.30. Global sales also surged 2.7 percent to $4,286 million, benefiting from a 2.5 percent upside in pricing and 1.5 percent increase in global unit volumes. Adjusted gross profit margin also expanded, driven by increased prices as well as the company's cost-cutting efforts from its funding-the-growth initiatives. The Full Research Report on Colgate-Palmolive Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/a7b4_CL]
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Research Report
Royal Caribbean in particular saw its stock price plummet down to a measly $5.40 in 2009 amid recession-related fears, only to rebound back to more than 500 percent this year at $36.20. The company is known for its large ships, notably its twin 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world's two largest cruise ships. The large ships have been beneficial for the company, so much that a third such vessel is slated to come out in mid-2016. Royal Caribbean chair Richard D. Fain told Motley Fool that "these ships have consistently generated outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and produce superior financial results." The Full Research Report on Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/ca09_RCL]
Carnival Corporation Research Report
Carnival, on the other hand, looks to bounce back one year after the Costa Concordia mess, with its shares up 11 percent entering 2013. It is presently trading at $38.72. Recently, it announced the buyback of up to $1 billion of the company's shares and declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents.
Meanwhile, a Reuters report says that an estimated 20.97 million passengers are expected to board cruise lines this year, with more customers from Australia and Asia adding on to the regular American and Canadian passengers. China in particular is a big growth area, with cruise lines investing more in the area with home ports and ports of call, and sending more ships there to meet demand. As a result, itineraries to Japan, China, Australia, South Korea, and Vietnam are expected to be added, with trips to more destinations like Morocco, Antarctica, Iceland and the Galapagos Islands. The Full Research Report on Carnival Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/39c8_CCL]
The Western Union Company Research Report
Western Union is one of the best examples of companies today with wide economic moats that are trading at discounts to their intrinsic values. In an attractive industry, the company's dominant market share allows significant cost and network advantage. It also has operating margins about twice the size of its competitors. Trading at a substantial discount provides the company strong protection against downside risk, and provides a good chance at earning high returns. As the industry consolidates, Western Union has opportunity to grow through both increased market share and expansion into new markets. The company recently ventured into prepaid cards, providing significant growth opportunities playing to its strength of wide distribution. Despite its stock losing about a quarter of its value in 2012, Western Union offered a good 3.70 percent dividend yield. The company also approved a new share repurchase program of $550 million. These initiatives can help strengthen investors' confidence in the stock. Shares of Western Union traded up 3.40 percent on Monday, hitting $13.99. In the previous quarter, the company has reported 45 cents EPS, meeting analysts' expectations. Analysts have issued a buy rating with a $12 to $19 price target. Continuing to build upon its global agent network, it recently announced the expansion of its Direct-to-Bank service to include China and Canada. Q1 2013 results will be released on April 22, 2013. The Full Research Report on The Western Union Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/7ca1_WU]
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