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Corporate insiders have material non-public information and they sometimes trade based on such information. Other times they have an edge because they know their companies and industries better than almost all other investors. Therefore, by imitating the insiders, investors are more likely to beat the market.

Here are the 15 consumer goods stocks with insider purchases over the past three months. All companies are in the consumer goods sector and have at least $5 billion market cap. Market data is sourced from Finviz.

Ticker

Company

YTD Return

Insiders

(NYSE:GM)

General Motors Company

-42.81%

4

(NYSE:ADM)

Archer Daniels Midland

-13.84%

3

(KFT)

Kraft Foods Inc.

10.66%

2

(NYSE:F)

Ford Motor Co.

-39.96%

2

(NYSE:MJN)

Mead Johnson Nutrition

22.33%

2

(NYSE:ECL)

Ecolab Inc.

0.72%

2

(SLE)

Sara Lee Corp.

2.21%

2

(FO)

Fortune Brands Inc.

-4.24%

2

(NYSE:TAP)

Molson Coors Brewing

-19.02%

2

(NASDAQ:FOSL)

Fossil, Inc.

33.14%

2

(NYSE:ST)

Sensata Technologies

-3.72%

2

(NYSE:PM)

Philip Morris Intl

13.86%

1

(NYSE:GIS)

General Mills, Inc.

13.58%

1

(NYSE:RAI)

Reynolds American Inc.

18.67%

1

(NYSE:LO)

Lorillard, Inc.

39.13%

1

Here are the stocks on the list with at least two insider purchases:

General Motors Company is a global automotive company. GM was purchased by four insiders over the past three months and lost 42.81% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $32.9B and a P/E ratio of 4.57. Both Jeffrey Tannenbaum and Frank Brosens invested over $200 million in GM shares.

Archer Daniels Midland Company is engaged in procuring, transporting, storing, processing, and merchandising agricultural commodities and products. ADM was purchased by three insiders over the past three months and lost 13.84% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $17.3B and a P/E ratio of 8.16. Peter J. Eichler Jr. had $62 million invested in ADM.

Kraft Foods Inc. manufactures and markets packaged food products. KFT was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and gained 10.66% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $60.5B and a P/E ratio of 19.69. Warren Buffett invested $3.5 billion in KFT. Bill Ackman and Nelson Peltz also both invested more than $600 million in KFT stocks (check out Buffett’s top stock picks).

Ford Motor Co. is a producer of cars and trucks. F was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and lost 39.96% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $38.3B and a P/E ratio of 6. Ken Heebner had over $200 million of F shares.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company is a pediatric nutrition company. MJN was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and gained 22.33% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $15.3B and a P/E ratio of 32.01. Bain Capital, Jim Simons and Dan Loeb all had over $100 million invested in MJN (check out Simons’ top stock picks).

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, food service, healthcare and industrial markets. ECL was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and gained 0.72% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $11.7B and a P/E ratio of 22.64. Boykin Curry had over $400 million invested in ECL shares.

Sara Lee Corp. is a global manufacturer and marketer of brand name products for consumers globally focused primarily on the meats, bakery, beverage and household products categories. SLE was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and returned 2.21% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $10.4B and a P/E ratio of 33.77. Jeffrey Ubben had $387 million of SLE stocks. Dan Loeb and D.E.Shaw both invested more than $100 million in SLE (check out Loeb’s top stock picks).

Fortune Brands Inc. is engaged in the manufacture and sale of products such as distilled spirits, home and security products, and golf products. FO was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and lost 4.24% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $8.8B and a P/E ratio of 26.1. Bill Ackman had more than $1 billion of FO stocks (check out Ackman’s top stock picks).

Molson Coors Brewing Company is an alcoholic beverage company. TAP was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and lost 19.02% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $7.5B and a P/E ratio of 11.09. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson invested $70 million in TAP.

Fossil, Inc. is a global designer, marketer and distributer company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories. FOSL was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and returned 33.14% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $5.9B and a P/E ratio of 22.78. Chuck Royce and Alexander Mitchell both had over $100 million of FOSL shares.

Sensata Technologies Holding NV is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of sensors and controls. ST was purchased by two insiders over the past three months and lost 3.72% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $5.1B. James Crichton and Adam Weiss invested nearly $400 million in ST shares.

Disclosure: I am long PM.

Source: Insiders Are Bullish On These Consumer Stocks