consumer staples

A Little Inflation Isn't Slowing Down General Mills

Dire warnings about higher prices notwithstanding, not everyone in the consumer-staple sector expects to be a sorry victim of inflation. Count General Mills among those who aren't afraid of the inflation bogey. It has been raising prices, and analysts are applauding.

Face-Off on Stocks: Colgate, Clorox and Kellogg

Chances are, every day you use products from Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox and Kellogg. These consumer staple companies have solid balance sheets and their shares offer investors a reliable stream of dividends. But are their stocks attractive? Will you still buy Glad trash bags and Colgate toothpaste if deflation hits the economy? DailyFinance's Nikhil Hutheesing and Dan Burrows face-off on the companies, the stocks, and whether they should be in your portfolio.

Making Money in a Deflationary Economy

With the stock market showing resilience recently, it appears that investors have forgotten about the threat of deflation. In this video interview, well-known market bear Gary Shilling warns that deflation is coming, and tells you what to invest in to ride it out -- and what to avoid.

Face-Off: Energizer, P&G, Spectrum Brands

Hot summer weather got us thinking about short summer haircuts, which is as good a way as any to take a closer look at some consumer staples stocks. Save for utilities, no other sector has held up as well in a down market.