Wrap It Up, I'll Take It

Perhaps the dullest industry on the planet is the packaging business. It gets no respect and hardly anybody follows it, but if you're looking to outperform the S&P 500 over a long period, it's probably one of the best. Many companies in the industry either have reported or will report earnings this week. Virtually all the companies in the industry have outperformed the S&P 500 over the last five years.

Think about it: Everything comes in a package. The industry is huge. Sonoco Products (SON) estimates the worldwide packaging industry is growing at just 3.3% per year and will be a $760 billion business by 2014. The fastest growing part of the business is flexible and rigid plastic containers, which make up approximately 58% of industry sales and grow between 3.5% and 6% a year. Flexible wrap for candy bars and snacks, cans for beverages and plastic jugs for laundry detergent are some of the fastest growing packaging types. The emerging markets are driving the industry's growth. As Eastern Europe, South America and the Far East get wealthier, they can afford to buy soup in a cup, potato chips in a cardboard tube or lunchmeat in a ready-to-serve container. Welcome to the club....337 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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