The Swiss company is buying Russell Stover Candies, becoming the No. 3 chocolate maker in the US.
Producers are trying to sell smaller packs to a nation of outsized appetites.
Shares pop 7% after the Kraft Foods spinoff says its joint venture will bring in sales of more than $7 billion in the first year.
It may not make the hippest holiday confections, but the company knows what lovers are looking for on the drugstore and department store candy aisles.
With world-class brands, investors can nibble on this defensive play in consumer staples.
The sector had a down year compared to the rest of the market, but a handful of companies are set to thrive in the New Year.
While the cereal and snack food stock does offer a strong yield at 2.9%, I still consider this a stale pick.
Both are expected to post growth. Analysts are also looking for strong results from Tesla Motors and Time Warner.
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