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7 Alcohol Stocks That Analysts Toast

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Brown-Forman (BF.B) is a major distiller and importer of alcoholic beverages and owns the Jack Daniel's, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel and Bolla brands.

Jack Daniel's represented 45% of Brown-Forman's sales volume in 2010. It is the fifth-largest premium spirits brand in the world.

Standard &Poor's analysts have a "hold" recommendation on its shares and give the company a three-star rating out of a possible five. The ratings firm has a $77 12-month price target on its shares. The current price is about $71.

S&P analysts said in a March 9 research note that Brown-Forman "should continue to capitalize on what we see as positive industry trends with its strong portfolio of spirits and international reach, particularly with its Jack Daniel's brand."

"Long term, with 53% of fiscal 2010 net sales from outside the U.S., we see Finlandia and, secondarily, Jack Daniel's, driving more than 50% of net sales growth," S&P said.

S&P's review of analysts' earnings estimates finds an outlook of $3.31 per share for 2011, which will grow by 8% to $3.57 per share in 2012. Those same analysts give Brown-Forman's shares one "buy" rating, eight "holds" and two "weak/holds."

Shares are up 0.5% this year and 29% over the past year, giving Brown-Forman a market value of $9.8 billion. Over the past three years, its shares have an average annual return of 12%.Its shares have a dividend yield of 1.8%.

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