The U.S. dollar's moves have been big news lately, most forecast the long-term trend of the dollar to futher depreciate. After appreciating through the latter half of 2009 and people sought the safety of the dollar, the
What's important for investors to know today is that many companies will see EPSbenefits from the lower dollar via international sales and commodity price gains in the coming year.
When companies report earnings they do so versus the year ago quarter, so even if the dollar stages a huge rally in the coming months, companies that sell lots of goods overseas will see tailwinds to earnings over the next few quarters. In addition, a falling dollar leads to higher prices for commodities like gold, copper, aluminum and crude oil, and investors can position themselves to benefit from these trends as well. (For more, on this topic, check out Taking Advantage Of A Weak U.S. Dollar.)
Here are four stocks that will increasingly find tailwinds from a lower dollar as 2011 progresses. They include commodity stocks and companies that generate more than 50% of sales overseas.
The eponymous maker of toothpaste, cleaning goods and other home products has a reputation for being one of the most sensitive companies to swings the dollar. More than 80% of sales come from overseas, as the company has a huge presence in emerging market regions like
While Colgate-Palmolive does some currency hedging to mitigate huge swings, the company still stands to see quite favorable sales and EPS conversions in the next few quarters, as year-over-year comparisons will increasingly be against higher dollar levels than today.
The maker of construction and mining equipment has been growing its global presence substantially in recent years, as international sales have gone from around 30% to nearly 60% today.
Sales to emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil have zoomed as these nations look to get their infrastructure projects off the ground, and as well as rising mining profits should help to boost Cat's sales in future quarters.
Newmont Mining (NYSE:
Newmont is the second largest gold producer in the world, and is a very concentrated play on a lower dollar as well as higher inflation expectations going forward.
While the majority of Newmont's revenues come from overseas, there is some mitigation in that many of the company's operations are based overseas. The low dollar benefit is only pure-blooded when your production costs are in dollars and your sales are in another currency. But Newmont should get some benefit via international sales and some via the inverse dollar vs. gold relationship. Furthermore, Newmont have a unique gold price-linked dividend; the higher gold prices become, the higher the dividend you receive.
Opinions vary widely on the long-term effects to the