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There are many different ways to look at a company's profitability. One such way is to compare a stock's profit margins to those of its industry competitors, with higher margins indicating higher profitability.

We screened the consumer goods sector for large-cap stocks, with market caps above $10 billion. We then screened for those with impressive profitability, beating their industry peers on gross, operating and pretax margins.


We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these companies have strong profitability? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas--Ambev (ABV): Engages in the production, distribution and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. Market cap at $128.80B. TTM gross margin at 68.07% vs. industry average at 59.13%. TTM operating margin at 38.91% vs. industry average at 23.45%.TTM pretax margin at 39.81% vs. industry average at 21.86%.

2. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL): Manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Market cap at $45.31B. TTM gross margin at 60.09% vs. industry average at 51.83%. TTM operating margin at 23.22% vs. industry average at 18.5%.TTM pretax margin at 22.64% vs. industry average at 16.5%.

3. Campbell Soup Co. (CPB): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Market cap at $10.39B. TTM gross margin at 42.88% vs. industry average at 31.94%. TTM operating margin at 16.87% vs. industry average at 11.58%.TTM pretax margin at 14.52% vs. industry average at 9.12%.

4. Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL): Engages in the manufacture, marketing and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Market cap at $23.18B. TTM gross margin at 82.13% vs. industry average at 71.31%. TTM operating margin at 14.73% vs. industry average at 13.19%.TTM pretax margin at 13.2% vs. industry average at 10.45%.

5. General Mills, Inc. (GIS): Manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. Market cap at $24.83B. TTM gross margin at 40.26% vs. industry average at 31.94%. TTM operating margin at 16.1% vs. industry average at 11.58%.TTM pretax margin at 14.55% vs. industry average at 9.12%.

6. HJ Heinz Co. (HNZ): Manufactures and markets food products for consumers, and foodservice and institutional customers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. Market cap at $17.01B. TTM gross margin at 38.75% vs. industry average at 31.94%. TTM operating margin at 14.45% vs. industry average at 11.58%.TTM pretax margin at 11.09% vs. industry average at 9.12%.

7. Hershey Co. (HSY): Engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. Market cap at $13.66B. TTM gross margin at 45.93% vs. industry average at 31.94%. TTM operating margin at 17.88% vs. industry average at 11.58%.TTM pretax margin at 15.83% vs. industry average at 9.12%.

8. Kellogg Company (K): Manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap at $18.86B. TTM gross margin at 44.19% vs. industry average at 31.94%. TTM operating margin at 15.28% vs. industry average at 11.58%.TTM pretax margin at 13.12% vs. industry average at 9.12%.

9. The Coca-Cola Company (KO): Distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Market cap at $158.86B. TTM gross margin at 65.14% vs. industry average at 59.25%. TTM operating margin at 23.47% vs. industry average at 23.35%.TTM pretax margin at 24.57% vs. industry average at 21.74%.

10. LululemonAthletica Inc. (LULU): Engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth primarily in Canada, the United States and Australia. Market cap at $10.36B. TTM gross margin at 60.68% vs. industry average at 53.58%. TTM operating margin at 27.69% vs. industry average at 16.22%.TTM pretax margin at 27.99% vs. industry average at 15.41%.

11. Mattel Inc. (MAT): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of various toy products worldwide. Market cap at $11.32B. TTM gross margin at 52.56% vs. industry average at 43.38%. TTM operating margin at 16.97% vs. industry average at 12.18%.TTM pretax margin at 15.49% vs. industry average at 10.24%.

12. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM): Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Market cap at $145.57B. TTM gross margin at 68.54% vs. industry average at 62.27%. TTM operating margin at 43.22% vs. industry average at 40.59%.TTM pretax margin at 40.3% vs. industry average at 36.65%.

13. Wisconsin Energy Corp. (WEC): Engages in the generation, distribution, and sale of electric energy and steam. The stock is trading 0.48% below its 52-week high. TTM gross margin at 27.14% vs. industry average at 27.%. TTM operating margin at 19.78% vs. industry average at 17.95%.TTM pretax margin at 17.31% vs. industry average at 12.79%.

14. Westar Energy, Inc. (WR): Engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The stock is trading 2.96% below its 52-week high. TTM gross margin at 36.75% vs. industry average at 26.53%. TTM operating margin at 23.6% vs. industry average at 18.08%.TTM pretax margin at 15.64% vs. industry average at 13.4%.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 14 Large-Cap Consumer Goods Stocks With Impressive Profitability