Jul 042016

U.S. News & World Report has published “8 Ways to Celebrate July 4 With Stocks”.   I am quoted as follows:

Kraft Heinz Co. (ticker: KHC)

With barbecues firing up and people headed outdoors over the July 4 weekend, there will be plenty of demand for condiments and food. Kraft Heinz makes ketchup and mustard, Oscar Meyer meats and Ore-Ida French fries, so it hits a few popular products. It also has some savvy investors backing it. “Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and 3G Capital each own about 25 percent of the company. The remaining 50 percent of its outstanding shares are publicly traded. This is a very well-run company with a dividend of about 3 percent,” says David Kass, a professor at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Anheuser Busch (BUD)

Americans drink a lot of beer on July 4. In fact, Americans spent $1.4 billion on beer alone for the holiday in 2014, according to Nielsen. Anheuser Busch is even changing the labeling on its flagship beer cans this summer from “Budweiser” to “America,” Kass says. “Beer will be very popular at July 4 weekend cookouts. This well-managed publicly traded company is planning to merge with SABMiller and has a dividend of 3 percent.”

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