7/11/2014 9:45 PM ET
$7 beer stock among 10 hot picks
You can own a share of Brazilian brewer AmBev SA, which appears on StockScouter's latest list of recommended picks, for about the price of a beer.
Compiled from StockScouter ratings by Verus Analytics
With billions of dollars and untold emotions invested in hosting the 2014 World Cup, Brazilians had high hopes for their national team -- hopes that were dashed and then trampled upon when Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal round.
Fans cursed, and cried. But unlike in most other countries, Brazil's stock market actually rallied a day after the defeat.
Alex Edmans, a professor at London Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who has studied the impact of major sporting events on national markets, told the Associated Press that the crushing loss "was so bad that investors think it significantly increases the chances that socialist President Dilma Rousseff will be ousted in October's elections and be replaced by Aecio Neves, the leader of the more pro-business PSDB party."
President Rousseff was widely criticized for spending so much money on World Cup preparations while the broader Brazilian economy floundered. But though the world's largest sporting event went off without a hitch, Brazilians are in no mood to celebrate.
Should they instead decide to collectively drown their sorrows, perhaps AmBev S.A. (ABEV), Brazil's largest brewery, will be the beneficiary. AmBev S.A. produces and distributes its own Brahma beer, as well as Anheuser Busch-InBev (BUD) brands and PepsiCo (PEP) products in its home country and elsewhere. The stock, which trades for just $7, pays a generous 3.3 percent yield.
AmBev S.A. gets a '10' from the StockScouter rating system on MSN Money, the highest score possible. Based on StockScouter’s analysis, shares of ABEV are expected to significantly outperform the market over the next six months with less than average risk.
Read the full Scouter reports on AmBev S.A. here.
StockScouter Top 10 for July 11
Activision Blizzard (ATVI)
KB Homes (KBH)
ON Semiconductor (ONNN)
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM)
AmBev S.A. (ABEV)
Breweries and beverages
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY)
News Corp. (NWSA)
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Germany @ 80.62 million people takes the World Cup in Soccer (the United States @ 316.13 million is unable to compete to the end.........geeeze).
Have a German Beer instead to support their winning!!! Way to go Germany!!!
Nobody has followed it at MSN. So nobody has achieved 20% return since 2001 or the 17% return for the 6 month thing.
Just forget it.
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