Updated from 2:53 p.m. EDTFor everyone who isn't up for a traditional St. Patrick's Day pub crawl on a Tuesday night, perhaps we can find something to celebrate in stocks related to the holiday honoring one of Ireland's patron saints. Can you handle just one beer, if not an entire crawl? March 17 beer sales are rumored to be in jeopardy this year, but let's see how some beer stocks fared today:
- Molson Coors (TAP), whose products include Coors Light and Miller Lite: Closed up 5 cents, or 0.2%, at $31.49. Jim Cramer recommended the stock earlier this month.
- Boston Beer (SAM), responsible for the Sam Adams and Twisted Tea brands: Closed up 27 cents, or 1.4%, at $19.48.
- Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV), a Brazil-based beer producer: Closed up 65 cents, or 1.5%, at $44.44.
- Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX), another Latin American beverage company: Closed up 60 cents, or 2.4%, at $25.64.
Of course, beer goes best with snacks, and what better snack honors Ireland and its triumph over famine than the potato chip? Pepsi ( PEP) offers Ruffles and Lays, or perhaps you prefer Procter & Gamble's ( PG) Pringles. Pepsi closed up 52 cents, or 1.1%, at $49.25, and Procter & Gamble closed up 16 cents, or 0.3%, at $47.98.
Fans of the cult classic Leprechaun, a movie distributed by Lions Gate's ( LGF) Trimark Pictures, might be aware that the Irish mythological creature of the movie's title is said to be wealthy and to hide his gold at the end of a rainbow. Is there hidden value in any of these gold stocks?
Tradition dictates that if you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you're bound to get pinched. Perhaps you can find cover under these "green" stocks:
- Greenlight Capital (GRE), a specialty property and casualty reinsurance company based in the Cayman Islands: Closed up 3 cents, or 0.4%, at $7.97.
- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR): Closed flat at $43.
- Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE): Closed up 3 cents, or 1.8%, at $1.67.
- Yingli Green Energy (YGE), a Chinese solar stock : Closed down 8 cents, or 2%, at $3.91. It could be a small-cap play on Obama's alternative-energy plans.
And if you really don't want to get pinched, pop into the nearest American Apparel ( APP), where you're sure to find T-shirts in a variety of shades of green. American Apparel announced today that it expects higher sales for full-year 2009. On Tuesday, the stock closed up 25 cents, or 10.4%, at $2.65.