With fond memories of Thanksgiving's gluttony still fresh in my mind, I'm looking forward to a feast large enough to satisfy both the eight days of Hanukkah and the 12 days of Christmas. TheStreet.com Ratings model for common stocks has selected a holiday dining menu of "buy"-rated companies with good prospects for the coming year. The first place to begin the hunt for holiday delicacies is at the grocery store. With ratings at B+, Village Super Market ( VLGEA) is approaching a new 52-week high, and Spartan Stores ( SPTN) set a new high in November. Two other food retailers, Kroger ( KR) and Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) are rated B. When shopping for the ingredients of a good portfolio mix, some of the largest food-product companies made the buy list. For sale now are General Mills ( GIS), at B+, and, Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM), HJ Heinz ( HNZ), Campbell Soup ( CPB), Kraft Foods ( KFT) and Kellogg ( K), all at B-. The commercial banks may have already been visited by Santa Paulson's bailout elves, but the food banks nationwide are running low at a time of real need. So, please pick up a few extra food items to donate at a nearby food bank.
You are definitely going to need some beverages to wash down all this food. TheStreet.com Ratings model of common stocks recommends a tall, frosty beer from Molson Coors Brewing ( TAP) or your choice of Coke, Pepsi or Shasta soft drinks from Coca-Cola ( KO), Pepsico ( PEP) and National Beverage ( FIZZ). All of those beverage companies are rated B-.