Which Bottle to Crack Open?

Jack Daniels maker Brown-Forman (BF.A, BF.B) just had a modest shot of insider buying. In the past few days, a trust related to 13.7% owner J. McCauley Brown -- a member of the Brown family, which owns the majority of the thinly traded Class A voting shares -- purchased another 5,000-plus shares of premium stock. (The common Class B stock confers financial interest only, with no voting rights.) So let's look into the company a bit further.

For all of fiscal 2013 (ended April) Brown-Forman -- which also makes Southern Comfort, among other alcoholic brands -- said sales rose 5%. Thanks to this, in addition to well-controlled costs, net earnings climbed 15%, panning out at $2.75 per share for the year. Top-line growth was weak in the largest geographic segment, the U.S., which accounts for about 40% of total revenue. But that was more than offset by good numbers in the rest of the world, even including 7% sales growth in Europe....393 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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