My Top 3 Valentine’s-Themed Stocks

heartGeorge Leong: In case some of you forgot, today is Valentine’s Day.

For those investors who may still be searching for that elusive gift for their loved one—and maybe a little something for themselves—I’m here to help with my stock analysis of my top three Valentine’s-themed stocks.

This is the one day of the year when men generally run out and buy flowers, which are ridiculously marked up in price to take advantage of the day. In this area, my stock analysis is to take a look at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS), which sells and markets fresh flowers, along with plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections, candles, balloons, and stuffed animals. (Great ideas for gifts if you can’t think of something…)

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In the fiscal second quarter (ended December 29, 2013), FLOWERS.COM reported a jump in quarterly revenues from continuing operations of $266.3 million compared to $251.4 million in the year-earlier fiscal second quarter. The company’s gross margin expanded to 41.7%. As far as earnings, the company recorded $17.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, from continuing operations, up 6.2% from $16.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, a year earlier.

Restaurants also tend to do well on this day, according to my stock analysis. Of course, I’m not talking about McDonalds Corporation (NYSE:MCD); while select stores will offer Valentine’s Day reservations, I’m referring more to fine dining establishments here. (As an investment, though, McDonald’s is a top fast food play, based on my stock analysis, which you can read in “McDonald’s Proving Position as ‘Best of Breed’ in the Fast Food Sector.”)

A more distinguished restaurant that has decent upside and has turned itself around is Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), according to my stock analysis. The upscale restaurant chain of about 150 stores is well known for its succulent steaks at its “Ruth’s Chris Steak House” banner store. Ruth’s also offers steak at its “Mitchell’s Steakhouse” and “Cameron’s Steakhouse” stores. If you are more into seafood, the company operates the “Mitchell’s Fish Market” chain, as well.

(...)Click here to continue reading the original article: My Top 3 Valentine’s-Themed Stocks [1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., McDonald's Corporation, Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc.]

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