Stock Super Buys for the Big Game: Under Armour Inc (UA), The Coca-Cola Company (KO)

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The NFL is really weird about other people using the words “Super” and  “Bowl.” Notice that advertisements usually call Sunday’s titanic matchup between the Ravens and the 49ers as the “the Big Game.”

That’s because those NFL folks know more than just 3-4 defenses and spread offenses–they know about branding. So do the companies that are going to advertise or have product placements during the Super… errr..  the Big Game.

Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA)Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA)’s Thick Financial Skin

If there’s a Cinderella story in the athletic apparel industry, it’s Under Armour. The founder, Kevin Plank — a special teams player on the University of Maryland football team — started the business in his grandmother’s basement.  Nowadays you’ll see just about every player in every major sport decked out in Under Armour gear. When you look on the sidelines this Sunday, expect to see more than a few players wearing the material that’s designed to wick sweat away, rather than soak it up.  Now the company produced more than sweat-less shirts, making everything from hats to socks.

Under Armour’s stock has also been a success story.  In the past five years, the stock has soared about 176 percent. The last 52 weeks, its tracked up more than 30 percent.  The revenue also looks good for an investor seeking dependable returns. Revenue has gone up steadily each year from from $725 million in 2008 to about $1.4 billion in 2011. Earnings Per Share (EPS) has also grown in nice chunks. In 2008, the EPS was $0.38, and the latest figures, $0.92 EPS, show that the company is closing in on nearly a dollar a share EPS.

I’m trying desperately to find a competitor that matches UA, but unless you’re willing to trade Japanese and Chinese stocks, it’s pretty difficult to find a company that matches this company’s past performance and future potential.

Investing in the Pepsi Generation

I can’t imagine what a football game would be like without a PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) commercial. The company usually has the most talked-about commercial during the Super Bowl.  There are few companies that can duke it out with The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) in the marketing and branding department, but Pepsi is one of them.

The company has begun to shake off the free fall from the recession and is nearing an all-time high trading range.  Revenue and earnings are trending upward over the past few years. The company’s EPS has gone from $3.46 in 2008 to $4.40 in 2011. Revenue has grown from 43.2 billion to $66.5 billion during the same time period.

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