Conservative Portfolio

Supplier for the Gasses

Airgas (ARG) is the nations leading supplier of gasses, but ARG is being held back by low oil and a strong dollar.

A Clean Company

Ecolab (ECL) makes chemicals used for cleaning, and has a clean set of financials. But weakness in the oil sector and the strong dollar are hurting ECL.

Conservative Growth

Investors looking for conservative double-digit returns should take a look at Express Scripts (ESRX), but growth investors might want faster growth.

A Little Banged Up

Stericycle (SRCL) delivers double-digit profit growth year-after-year. But SRCL’s price is high.

Stryker is Overdelivering

Stryker (SYK) isn’t the 20% grower like it used to be — not even close. So why is the stock up around 25% in the last year and sporting a 20 P/E ratio? It’s overdelivering.

C.R. Bard Breaks Out

Medical device maker C.R. Bard (BCR) broke out to new highs after it beat the street, amazing that it could do so with the strong dollar. But at 22x earnings this 11% grower is fairly valued right now.

A Rare Find

Bexton, Dickinson (BDX) is a rare find, a conservative stock that’s experiencing 20% profit growth and sells for less than 20x earnings.

Foreign Exchange Issues

3M (MMM) has top-notch safety and a fat dividend, but has 60% of sales outside the US and foreign exchange is hurting profits this year.

Put TSCO on Your Radar

All stock markets correct eventually. In the meantime keep Tractor Supply (TSCO) on your radar, and be prepared to buy if or when it corrects.

First Look: Illinois Tool Works

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) gets a top rating for safety, has increased the dividend for 51 years, but is getting hurt by the strong dollar.

Take a Breather

Starbucks (SBUX) is executing perfectly, but at 31x earnings after a 50% rise I think SBUX needs to take a breather.

First Look: United Technologies

United Technologies (UTX) just dropped after slashing profit estimates, but is now a good price if you think long-term.