Consumer Stocks Keep on Rolling

Q: How about Clorox (CLX )?

A: Clorox is a consumer-staples stock that is one of our favorite picks. We are recommending that investors buy Clorox and look for the shares to be a top performer within the next 6 to 12 months.

Q: Any stocks that you've recently upgraded or downgraded?

A: A stock that we upgraded to a buy opinion today is the class B shares of Viacom (VIA.B ). We look for this stock to benefit from an improved advertising environment in the months ahead. A stock that we recently downgraded is Coach (COH ), on which we lowered our opinion to hold from accumulate. In our view, a favorable outlook for the company is adequately reflected in the share price.

Q: Your perspective on Starbucks (SBUX )?

A: We are telling peop

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