Procter & Gamble recently added "Shop Now" buttons to the Facebook fan pages for its of several brands such as Gillette, Olay and Tide. Even if this latest plunge into e-commerce succeeds, though, there's some question about whether it could boost P&G's bottom line.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman recently admitted that his company had grown "too little" over the past 10 to 15 years, but said he expects it to catch up with rivals such as Procter & Gamble within the next five years. Is it a realistic goal?
If you're nearing retirement, Procter & Gamble (PG) might be a good addition to your stock portfolio. Its personal care focus, its history of creating new products, its near 50% dividend payout and its strong cash flow give it a stable outlook and make it a compelling choice for those looking to buy and hold.
Now that the skies are clearing after the worst economic storm in modern history -- far more violent than the experts had predicted -- we face a surprising new roster of winners and losers, as Fortune's 2011 ranking of the World's Most Admired Companies makes clear.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway liquidated its positions in a number of high-profile companies during the fourth quarter, but the Oracle of Omaha has hung on to his huge stake in Coca-Cola. And Coke's nearly 4% drop is a weight on Buffett's portfolio.
They may not make headlines, but the folks on this list of key corporate execs will likely have an outsize impact across all sectors of American business in 2011 -- from TV and household products to fast food and social networking.
The weakening stock market has investors fleeing for safe havens, like bonds. But some companies have a lot of cash, high operating margins and stocks with high yields -- far better ones than most bonds currently.
The granite-bellied, cello-voiced Old Spice Man can bake cakes, refurbish kitchens, change pants instantaneously and generate millions of hits on YouTube -- but can he sell Old Spice products? The answer is a qualified yes.
Hot summer weather got us thinking about short summer haircuts, which is as good a reason as any to take a close look at some consumer staples stocks. Save for utilities, no other sector has held up as well in a down market.