This stable business is a buy.
General Mills (GIS) is a $32 billion packaged-food maker with large brands include Cheerios (cereal), Betty Crocker (baking), Pillsbury (the "Doughboy"), Nature Valley (granola bars), Yoplait (yogurt), Old El Paso (Mexican-inspired food), Häagen-Dazs (ice cream), and Blue Buffalo (pet food). General Mills owns and markets more than 100 brands in more than 100 countries and people tend to buy these products for a lifetime. General Mills is known as a consumer staples which tend to hold up better than the overall market during recession periods which may be starting soon.
General Mills' business is still going strong generating $17 billion in sales over the last 12 months and earning 12% profit margin. Earnings per share reached a new high of $3.23, up 5% from the prior year. The company rewards shareholders with a large 3.7% dividend (almost double the S&P 500 yield of 1.9%).
Business slowed from 2015 to 2017 which hurt the share price but with the company back on a growth track we would expect shares to continue to rise. Shares are currently in an uptrend with share prices above the 200 day moving average (DMA)
General Mills shares are a buy but I like to earn more consistent income by selling put options.
Sell to open, the October 18, $52.50 puts on General Mills for $1.80 using a limit order to earn 3.4% payment for agreeing to buy shares at a discount to yesterday's closing price.
At expiration if shares are above $52.50: put sellers will keep the $1.80 for a 25.6% annualized return in about 7 weeks.
At expiration if shares are below $52.50: put sellers will buy shares at a 5% discount to yesterday's closing price ($52.50 strike price - $1.80 premium received). Then you can sell covered calls on your shares to earn even more income.
Use a stop loss at $46. You risk 9.3% on your cost basis and protect yourself from a new downtrend in share prices.
General Mills is a great business with wonderful brands. It is time to collect cash today.
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