Coach, Inc. (COH), Marriott International Inc (MAR): A Few Companies that Are Mom Approved

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Moms are awesome, there is no doubt about that. At times they do become finicky and insist on something happening, and there is nothing the family can do about it. If it makes Mom happy, odds are its going to happen. With this thought in mind, I will cover three stocks that my mother is a strong supporter of, which in my eyes means they are potential investments.

Always by her side

Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH)

Each year my mother purchases a Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) purse. It seems crazy to me at the price they charge, but she loves them. A steady dividend payer, Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) is a higher-end brand with top products that include handbags. Wall Street had beaten down Coach before it reported results from its fiscal third quarter, with many fearing that Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) was taking over the company’s prime space. Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) surprised and popped 11% in a day, with same-store sales climbing 1%, contrasting a decline of 1.4% that had been foreseen by Wall Street analysts. It also beat estimates for revenue and profit.

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) has seemingly come out of nowhere in the past couple of years, building a new luxury brand that consumers are a big fan of –  as are investors. Going forward, analysts see earnings rising 30% in fiscal 2014, followed by a 25% gain in fiscal 2015. This blockbuster growth is hard to find and surprisingly has not built up the price more, as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) currently trades at a 30 price-to-earnings ratio. Another encouraging fact is that the company is beating analyst’s earnings estimates for the past (and only) six quarters that it has reported.

Comparing this to Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH), the latter company’s stats remain strong with no debt, a 30% payout ratio, and a 16 price-to-earnings ratio even after the price jump. Even with with a global slowdown for many businesses, Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) reported that same-store sales continue to grow at a “double-digit” pace. In China specifically, sales grew around 40% year-over-year for the third consecutive quarter; it looks like Coach’s growth story isn’t quite over in my eyes. Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) is a definitely a player to watch in this industry, but rock-solid Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) will continue steadily performing along with my mother’s shopping habits.

They are just the best

When on vacation or out of town, my mom’s hotel of choice is Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR); in her words, it’s “just the best.” Though you may not agree with this statement, you cannot argue with a strong customer base that continues to return. In the upcoming year, Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR) expects a great year in North America due to consistently strong demand and pricing in its business. Unfortunately, with 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories, the U.S. isn’t all we need to look at.

Growth has slowed down in Europe, China, and Brazil and after many big events last year (such as the Olympics.) A lighter slate of events looks to slow down profit internationally. On a positive note, Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR) has decided to enter the budget-friendly hotel space in Europe, introducing Moxy Hotels. This positions Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR) well to profit in downtrodden Europe,  even with the current sluggish economy. Analysts expect earnings to grow 19% in 2013 and 17% in 2014, giving merit to Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR)‘s the 22 price-to-earnings ratio. Though now may not be the best time to buy, Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR) is definitely a company to keep an eye on.

Living up to the hype

About a month ago, I asked my ever-exercising mother if she had ever heard of Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU). She replied “I’ve seen them at the gym, but they are just so expensive.” Go figure, a couple of days ago she came home with a change of heart and some Lululemon products. After testing them out, she exclaimed that her other workout clothes didn’t even come close in comfort or performance. Now that I have a reliable product endorsement, lets dive into the stock analysis.

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