Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Making Money On "The End Of The World"

It is the ultimate bunker portfolio.
Amid the market tumult, a handful of stocks have seen their share prices ratchet up to record highs in recent weeks. And many of them are connected by a curious, if disconcerting, thread: Between them, they provide an investor with essentials for any respectable fallout shelter—makers of bottled water, canned goods, dehydrated broth, gas masks and auxiliary generators.
A portfolio of the 18 companies that reached their peaks in the past month would be up about 24% this year, compared with the broader market's 4.5% decline, a sign some investors may be taking the prospects of financial Armageddon more seriously than one might think.
Hormel Foods Inc., the 120-year-old producer of that dugout staple, Spam, is up 12% this year, and hit an all-time high of $43.95 in recent weeks. The company's stable of long-life provisions, from instant packets of dehydrated broth to wrapped sausages, are critical for weathering even the most prolonged storm.
Bottled-drink maker Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., whose brands include DejaBlue purified drinking water, has soared 32% this year. The company also makes Schweppes ginger ale, great for any gnawing queasiness.
Also in the bunker club, Cummins Inc. The maker of a wide range of auxiliary power generators in addition to truck engines is up 66% this year. Shares of the Columbus, Ind., manufacturer hit a record $81.83 last Wednesday.
Hard hats and gas masks? Airgas Inc. makes both. Shares of the Radnor, Pa.-based company, which spiked in February after a hostile bid from rival Air Products & Chemicals Inc., has since added to those gains, hitting its best-ever close, at $66.72, on Friday.
"If it's the end of the world, what do you buy? Canned foods, guns and the generators," said Keith Springer, president of Capital Financial Advisory Services. "There are a huge number of people who feel this is the end of the world."


  1. I sold all of my gold holdings and dumped the proceeds in The Market yesterday. I had a feeling...more than a feeling, and I'll be damned if I wasn't spot on. I encourage you to the same. Don't miss on this next significant upswing. You're welcome for the free advice. I do it because I care.

  2. 9:19 you're delusional. You never had an oz of gold. You post here daily about the manipulated stock market. You don't get it that the HIGHS get LOWER. That means the next high will close UNDER 10K. EVERY sucker loses in the casino. Sucker.

  3. I hope to make a fortune selling "Just Go Away" personal suicide kits. When the shtf, I hope all the criminal politicians, welfare idiots, and assorted unprepared weaklings will buy my kits rather than face a harsh reality. By the way, 9:19, you can have a free one! Painless and instant!

  4. Today is a great day to buy short positions. See you at the bottom.

  5. You are correct. Just sold the bounce and went short. Last one out shut off the lights.

  6. This should be expected. While jewelry stores, like Zales go out of business due to this current economy, others grow rapidly.

    US firearms makers can't make their guns fast enough.

    Ammo factories have the same problem, too many orders and not enough time to fill them. I wish I had their problem!

    In my stash, I have Vienna Sausages by the box. I actually hate the stuff, but in a post SHTF world, high fat, high calorie foods will be needed. DAK canned ham is a good choice too.

    I'm sure Colman is doing fine, selling camp stoves and lanterns, tents and sleeping bags.

    It will be a VERY long time before I ever buy a Rolex or any jewelry.

  7. End of the World? Not with Obama running it!

    The stock market is getting ready to boom, jump in guys before you miss this opportunity. You'll be sorry that you sat around grabbing guns and gold when you could have been making huge money.

  8. yeah vienna sausages are terrible, so is spam...already stockpiled now have experimented with attempting to enjoy eating this stuff as much as possible if neccessary. Best is to find things to mix it with. The canned meats are good enough

  9. we will not have "moment of clarity" until Benny hits the QE2 button. we had 2 events, one in the banking system and the other was in the stock market:
    1) "credit crisis" when Lehman collapsed in 2008.
    2) "flash crash" in the stock market.
    i expect a 3rd event but this time we will not recover. it will happen in the bond market. the bond market is 70 times the stock market and 50 time the size of the banking system, in term of money.

  10. 5:06 Nice post. I agree.

  11. Thanks for the Fourth Turning article. It was excellent. I read that book years ago and that's one reason I wasn't surprised by the Greatest Depression starting. I have a feeling we don't have much time left to get ready.

  12. Making money on the end of the world - isn't that what you are doing?

  13. The Ball Corp. was described as making tin cans and packaging. Actually they are most known for making glass canning jars and supplies. Since more people are learning to prepare and store food, as well as grow their own gardens, I'm not surprised Ball is doing well.

    The best advice is to prepare as though a disaster like a hurricane is about to strike. Been reading comments about stocking up on Spam and Vienna sausages--which I do not eat and now don't want to even try. I think dehydrated foods sound like a better bet....


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