By Jake Mann
As of right now, there are over 46,000 stocks being traded in the world markets on nearly 60 major stock exchanges. These stocks represent shares in a variety of companies, and every sector of the economy is publicly available. From energy to entertainment, there are plenty of choices, but investors are always looking for the next big thing to boost their portfolios. Aside from Mark Zuckerberg's recent decision to sell shares of his company to the public, there is a shortage of similarly successful private companies that are following in Facebook's footsteps. These are the folks that investors wish would take a similar plunge and go public.
Red Frog Events, LLC (suggested ticker: RED)Unfortunately, the ticker symbol FROG is already taken, but if this Chicago-based company were to go public, investors may claim that it deserves whatever ticker it wants. This is because Red Frog Events is one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States, having recently won the Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year Award in 2011. An event production company, Red Frog Events provides customers with an innovative and spirited experience, managing competitive races where runners of all ages and skill sets can take part. Best known for its "Warrior Dash" series, where competitors race through a 5K strewn with obstacles, Red Frog Events has also recently expanded into the concert business by announcing its first annual "Firefly" music festival this summer. Due to the fact that Red Frog is literally one of a handful of companies in this unique industry, a RED stock would definitely have the markets feeling cheery.
Edward Jones, LP (suggested ticker: EDJO) On the other end of the spectrum, Edward Jones is both one of the largest and oldest financial services firms in the United States. Both insiders and outsiders praise the company for its sensible take on investing advice. Serving mostly customers on Main Street, Edward Jones has received the top spot for awards like Fortune's "Best Companies to Work for in America" and for J.D. Power and Associate's"Highest in Investor Satisfaction." The company is able to provide financial advisory services to individual investors and small business throughout the U.S., due to its network of small two-person offices designed to provide the greatest amount of customer service. If there were an EDJO stock, it would certainly keep pace with publicly traded competitors like Bank of America (BAC), JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and E-Trade (ETFC).
Bloomberg, LP (suggested ticker: BB) Most widely known for its magazineBloomberg Businessweek or the "Bloomberg terminal", Bloomberg provides a range of financial information to users around the world. Officially, the data it provides makes up a third of the total market for financial news and analytical software. In recent years, the company has acquired a number of services in the TV, radio, and print media markets adding to its information dominance. Amazingly, the company's founder Michael Bloomberg still owns 88 percent of the company's stock, even though it is 13,000 employees strong. Typically reporting yearly revenues between $5 billion and $7 billion, a BB stock would immediately be considered "blue-chip" by investors.
Mars, Inc. (suggested ticker: MARS) The third largest private company in the world, a MARS stock would give every investor the same sweet tooth that its popular candy bars do. Best known for foods like "Milky Way," "Twix," "Snickers," "M&M's," and "Mars," the company also provides a number of other goods such as pet food and chewing gum. Raking in annual revenues of nearly $30 billion, Mars typically reports 5 times more revenues than major competitor The Hershey Company (HSY). Additionally, Mars has recently announced its partnership with the sustainability-advocacy group Fairtrade International, which may result in an even bigger uptick in sales. All in all, if this food manufacturer were to sell shares to the public, it would undoubtedly be one of the leaders in the consumer sector.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.