As smoking in the United States and around the world becomes less and less favorable, companies such as Philip Morris International is finding the road to be a little more difficult to traverse that previous times. This is great example of how the changing times can make it difficult for a business to survive, especially with something such as this. However, the company is still putting up reliable numbers, but with something like this you can’t help but think it is only a matter of time before evolution shrinks this industry.

 fundamentals other   philip morris consumer defensive tobacco tobacco products

With people becoming increasingly more dependent upon automation and technology, having a company that can streamline your payroll is crucial, and that’s where Paychex comes in. The company works with their clients to address the needs of payroll which are sometimes taken for granted. Being able to have a reliable company take care of something so crucial and important key, and that is where Paychex has the ability to sustain their dominance using word or mouth as well as brand recognition. Now, let us take a look under the hood.

 fundamentals services   paychex industrials business services

Apple is a company that we all know and love for their phones and computers. However, there have been recent concerns that they are beginning to stall in terms of product development and rely to heavily on the iPhone. Certainly there has been some help along the way with Samsung and their phone issues along with the release of new MacBook Pro computers, but this is not an equation to a sustainable model. Let us take a look at their most recent numbers and decide if the company still has juice in them.

 fundamentals technology   apple consumer electronics computers

Alphabet Inc. provides online advertising services in the United States, as well as many other countries around the world. Many people associate Alphabet, Inc. with Google, and that is because it was founded by the creators of Google. Not only does this company work with advertising, they also work closely with Google in searching and other data that allows users to have a more enjoyable online experience. This company is certainly one that has continued to shine year after year and should be considered for research by any investor looking for another stock.

 fundamentals technology   alphabet internet content & information business services

Having the raw materials provided for companies that manufacture products is a key element in some industries, and Dow Chemical provides that. You can think of it as a link that connects the logistics and materials to keep a business churning. As for portfolio diversification, this could lead to a little more risk as a company that provides raw materials is subject the price fluctuations. Of course this could add a well needed benefit, but only you can determine if it’s a good fit. Now, let us take a look at the recent quarterly numbers and see how the fundamental health is.

 

 fundamentals other   dow chemical chemicals chemicals and petrochemicals

CenturyLink is a company that operates in the Internet and technology sector for businesses and the retail customer. As the Internet and other technologies continue to grow and expand, these types of companies are going to provide very useful services and products to many. This type of company has the potential to be one that you buy and hold as it may have large upside potential. Now, let us take a look at their most recent numbers and determine if there is the potential for growth.

 fundamentals technology   centurylink communication services telecom services communication

As the way we transport goods and resources have changed, the railway system has stayed tried and true, and Union Pacific is one of those companies still transporting our products across the country. Railway and train companies have been around forever, but that may or may not make them a good choice for your portfolio. On the macro level, trains are still needed to haul large products and resources that vehicles may not be able to effectively complete. However, as we shit to other resources and transportation methods, the use of trains my begin to decrease.

 fundamentals other   union pacific transport railroads and bus services industrials railroads

This company works in the pharmaceutical industry and is a name in the portfolios of many. These types of companies operate in a way that they put large sums of money into research and development and hit success once their product is approved by the government. On the other side, if they’re product is not approved; they have put all this money into the products to not be able to sell it. Having this sector in your portfolio can offer higher returns, but you’re risk is also increased.

 fundamentals drugs   bristol myers healthcare drug manufacturers - major pharmaceutical products

A company in the oil industry is certainly a company that feels the effects of oil prices and the economy as a whole. Marathon Oil distributes oil to many different areas and when oil prices tanked into the $30 area, it certainly hurt the fundamentals. However, when the economy turns around and the price of oil begins to rebound, these types of companies are ones you want to have in your portfolio to capture that return. Now, let us take a look at their most recent numbers to gain a better understanding of their fundamental health.

 fundamentals other   marathon oil energy oil & gas e&p petroleum

Goldman Sachs does not need much of an introduction, but for those who need a quick refresher, this large bank dwells in investment, lending, and other large-scale transactions. Not only that, they run hedge funds and were even one of the banks blamed for the 2008 financial crisis. Having financials in your portfolio is certainly a good choice as it allows you to ride the rising interest rate and it helps to maintain a well diversified portfolio. Now, taking a look at their most recent quarterly number, let us see how their fundamental health is doing. 

 fundamentals finance   goldman sachs financial services capital markets trading

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