NEW YORK (Stockpickr) -- As Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers fans are busy rooting for their respective team's victory in Sunday's Super Bowl, analysts and fund managers are busy making their Super Bowl stock predictions.Action Alerts PLUS' Stephanie Link recently recommended Coca-Cola ( KO), which she said she likes because after its "fabulous year" in 2010, it's lagged, presenting a "great opportunity." She said it might be down, but "there's no reason for it being down" and mentioned catalysts such as a potential dividend increase on the horizon. Louis Navellier of InvestorPlace included Dr Pepper Snapple ( DPS), Gannett ( GCI) and Coke on his list of five Super Bowl stocks that are already doing well and could get a boost from the game. Related: Stock Smackdown: Lululemon vs. Under Armour As for the Super Bowl's effect on the stock market at large, general consensus seems to be that no matter who wins the big games, it's a win-win for stocks. Robert Holmes makes a case for a Steelers win being best for the bulls, based on data from Capital IQ. At Stockpickr, we thought we'd dip into our large database of professional portfolios to see who's been betting on some of the Super Bowl-related stocks. Stockpickr's professional portfolios track the top 30 holdings of various professional investors, including Warren Buffett and George Soros, according to their most recent 13F filings with the SEC.
Procter & GambleProcter & Gamble ( PG) produces Head & Shoulders shampoo, which might not have an obvious Super Bowl connection -- until you remember that it's endorsed by Pittsuburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu, he of the luscious locks. Procter & Gamble has so much faith in Polamalu's mane that in 2010 it took out a million-dollar insurance policy on it. Polamalu won't have the only famous head of hair on the field on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews sports his own fabulous tresses and was recently named a spokesman for Unilever's ( UL) Suave. As of the most-recent reporting period, Procter & Gamble shows up in Stockpickr's most popular professional portfolio, that of Warren Buffett. We recently highlighted it as one of Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks. As of the most recent reporting period, Buffett holds 76.8 million shares of Procter & Gamble, which represented a 1.7% decrease in shares held from the previous quarter. The stock is his fourth largest holding and comprises 9.5% of the total portfolio. Other major holders of Procter include D.E. Shaw and Renaissance Technologies. Stock Overview: Procter & Gamble is focused on providing branded consumer packaged goods. It markets its products in more than 180 countries. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $39.37 to $66.95 and was recently at $63.55. It's down about 1.2% so far in 2011. Procter has a market cap of $176.2 billion and a 2.6 short interest ratio, it yields 3.1%, and it trades at a P/E of 17.1. Analyst Ratings: Of 25 analysts covering the stock, 18 rate it a buy, six rate it a hold, and one rates it a sell. TheStreet Ratings has a A- buy rating on Procter & Gamble, earning it a spot on the top-rated household products stocks list. Earnings: Procter & Gamble earned $1.11 a share, or $3.3 billion, in its most-recent quarter, up from $1.01 a share in the year-ago period and a penny above expectations for $1.1 a share. Estimates are for $3.98 a share in the full year ending in June, compared with $3.67 a share in the prior year. More on Procter & Gamble: According to Jake Lynch, Procter is one of 16 Dow stocks selling at five-year discounts as well as one of 10 Dow stocks likely to boost dividends. Credit Suisse included Procter as one of its 18 best stock picks for 2011.
AppleThe airing of the Super Bowl is a unique television event in that viewers actually want to watch the commercials. Big-name companies debut their more-creative 30-second ads during the game, shelling out millions of dollars to do so. Arguably the most famous Super Bowl ad ever was Apple's ( AAPL) 1984 commercial, directed by Ridley Scott. An allusion to George Orwell's 1984, it introduced the Macintosh personal computer. Motorola ( MMI) is expected to run an ad for its Xoom tablet during this year's game that alludes to that famed Apple spot without ever mentioning Apple by name. As of the most-recent reporting period, Apple is one of the top holdings of George Soros, at 1.1% of his total portfolio. Soros increased his shares by 13.4% in the period to 247,584. Apple also shows up in the portfolios of Steve Mandel's Lone Pine Capital and Chase Coleman's Tiger Global Management. Stock Overview: Apple designs, manufactures and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices and portable digital music and video players and sell a variety of related software, services, peripherals and networking solutions.. It has traded in a 52-week range of $190.85 to $348.60 and was recently at $345.99. The stock is up more than 7% so far in 2011. It has a market cap of $316.4 billion and a 0.6 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 19.2. Analyst Ratings: Of 47 analysts covering the stock, 44 rate it a buy, and three rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a A- buy rating on Apple, earning it a spot on the top-rated hardware stocks list. Earnings: Apple reported blowout first-quarter earnings on Jan. 18, posting profit of $6.43 a share, compared with estimates for $5.37 a share, on revenue of $26.7 billion, up from $15.7 billion in the year-ago period and above expectations for $24.4 billion. Expectations for the full year ending in September 2011 are for $22.83 a share, compared with $15.15 in the previous year. More on Apple: Goldman Sachs named Apple on of its top tech stocks for 2011, and Jefferies also included the stock as one of its 2011 tech picks. According to Dan Burrows of DailyFinance, Apple is one of six stocks to consider for revenue growth.
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