This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

5 European Stocks Rising Despite Debt Mess

Volkswagen (VLKAY)

Company profile: Volkswagen is the world's second-largest automaker, with aspirations to be No. 1. Its brands include Volkswagen passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, SEAT and Skoda.

Investor takeaway: Its shares have gained 27% this year. It has a market value of $50 billion and a dividend yield of 1.42%. The Wolfsburg, Germany, auto maker reported that it delivered 5.1 million passenger cars worldwide in 2011, up 13% from 2010. U.S. sales jumped 26% last year and that was when the economy was struggling.

Adidas (ADDDF)

Company profile: Germany's Adidas is the world's second-largest provider of athletic footwear and apparel. Its five brands include: Adidas (73% of sales), Reebok, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Its three-stripe shoes and gear is one of the world's most recognized brands.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 17% this year. U.S. analysts don't cover the company. Sales should boom in this, a summer Olympics year, especially if Adidas-sponsored athletes win gold medals.

France Telecom (FTE)

Company profile: France Telecom, the primary telephone service provider in France, has a virtual monopoly, but France accounts for only about half of the firm's sales. It also operates in Spain and Poland and provides communications services worldwide.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 2.8% this year, but that shouldn't deter investors. The $41 billion market value company's shares carry a huge, 9.03% dividend yield, and its strong cash flow is expected to be able to continue this sort of return. Early this month, the company sold its Austrian operations for $1.7 billion. S&P has a "buy" recommendation on its shares with a four star rating out of a possible five.


Company profile: BASF, based in Germany, is one of the world's largest and most diverse chemical companies. Its product line includes: specialty chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, oil and gas production and gas distribution.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 14% this year and almost 20% in the past three months. It has a $56 billion market value and has a dividend yield of 2.64%. S&P found one "buy" rating, one "buy/hold," and three "holds," in a survey of analysts. Given its size and geographic and product diversity, BASF will weather economic cycles and prosper as the economy recovers.

Rio Tinto (RIO)

Company profile: The U.K.-based Rio Tinto is one of the world's largest mining companies producing aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy products such as coal, gold, industrial minerals and iron ore.

Investor takeaway: Its shares have a market value of $76 billion and carry a 1.51% dividend yield. Morningstar says "Rio Tinto is one of the direct beneficiaries of the increasing appetite for natural resources in China." S&P has a "strong buy" recommendation on its shares and gives the company its top rating of five stars. It has a $78 price target on its shares, which is a 28% premium to the current price.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.
2 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
FTE $0.00 0.00%
RIO $41.40 0.00%
AAPL $124.43 0.00%
FB $82.22 0.00%
GOOG $548.00 0.00%


DOW 17,776.12 -200.19 -1.11%
S&P 500 2,067.89 -18.35 -0.88%
NASDAQ 4,900.8850 -46.5560 -0.94%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs