NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From a food giant who just acquired one of the oldest and most popular chocolate makers in the world to a diversified global consumer conglomerate, the consumer goods sector is a widely mixed bag of stocks.
Ahead of a spate of upcoming earnings calls in the sector,
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In advance of
first-quarter earnings release, RBC Capital analyst Edward Aaron says he believes the stock still has more upside.
"Going into the
fourth quarter, investors feared that a more intense promotional environment in coffee and difficult margin comparisons could lead to disappointment," Aaron said in an investor note. Instead, the company surprised investors with consensus topping fourth quarter earnings per share and fiscal-year guidance. Will it surprise again on its next quarterly call?
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One area of curiosity for
investors during the company's second-quarter earnings release will be that of its ongoing integration with British chocolate maker Cadbury.
So far, the conjoining appears to be progressing well. RBC Capital analyst Edward Aaron for one, is encouraged by the synergy schedule provided by management.
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fourth quarter announcement, Morningstar analyst Lauren DeSanto says in her equity report that she's been expecting a rebound in the company's sales growth for 2010 to a mid-single digit growth rate.
DeSanto has also been expecting an improvement of gross margins from the previous year due to P&G's increased savings initiatives and temporary relief from commodity and foreign exchange headwinds.
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While Morningstar analyst Erin Swanson continues to be impressed with the strength of
Church & Dwight's
individual brands in their respective categories, low leverage and management strength, she's concerned about the fact that the company competes with much bigger and versatile players such as P&G.
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has the number one brand position in roughly 90% of its categories, Swanson says it also faces challenges. "The firm has a concentrated customer base, as 40% of sales are derived from five retailers, and it faces stiff competition from branded and private-label manufacturers," Swanson summed up in a report.
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-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York
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