5 Consumer Staples Stocks With Strong Growth Prospects

Despite a moderate recovery in the U.S. economy, investors are skeptical due to global growth worries that have been haunting the markets lately. The Chinese central bank’s sudden move to cut interest rate and devalue its currency in August to prop up growth not only failed to calm investors, but worsened the economic picture worldwide.

Investors’ fears were heightened after the continual stock market losses in the last week of August. This global turmoil has also impacted the otherwise resilient U.S. markets and also the Asian and European markets. The major U.S. indexes – S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average – are currently yielding negative year-to-date returns in the range of 3%–5%.

The softened economic data validates the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged. Investors now anticipate further delay in a rate hike due to disappointing job figures last week along with low inflation in the U.S.

As we step into the third quarter, we expect to see more things to unnerve investors. While China issues will lead the market turmoil across the globe, a persistent weakness in the energy sector and strengthening dollar will add to existing concerns.

We also note that the consumer spending pattern is changing and consumers are not willing to spend despite benefiting from lower fuel prices and higher wages. While some are busy boosting their savings, some are burdened with higher health care costs and still-tightened credit availability.

In fact, there are many consumer staple stocks, which are still suffering from continued pressure in the face of limited consumer spending, foreign exchange headwinds and declining unit volumes. Other global issues including potential price wars, a competitive environment, political turmoil in Russia, sluggishness in Japan, and struggle in Europe continue to hinder the financial health of companies.

Needless to say, the equity markets have become extremely volatile and the overall economic picture is quite weak.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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