Whether you believe that the zombie craze is a result of people’s general unhappiness or their discontent for the government, one thing is certain, the undead are here to stay. Popular culture couldn’t give us any more zombies between video games like Call of Duty Black Ops 2, television shows like AMC’s Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones, or blockbusters like World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.
Flesh eating zombies have presented a multi-million dollar industry, and people love it. In the movie Pitt claims, “I think these things have a weakness” but given the evidence I have to disagree. We are zombie obsessed and there is no clear end to the infatuation in sight.
From the literature out there on zombies it is reported that they are slow, dull creatures, but the trailer for WWZ has me thinking twice, check it out:
With gold taking a huge hit earlier this week and Chinese growth slowing, the apocalyptic zombies invasion might be closer than we think. Even Apple (AAPL) dipped below $400, what is the world coming too?
Keeping this in mind we created a stock list that will help boost your portfolio when the real life zombie apocalypse hits. When the news breaks, be sure to consider investing in these companies before they take over the exchanges. [Original list: Fantasy Index: Essential Stocks for the Zombies Apocalypse]
1. Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, operation, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products in the areas of defense, space, intelligence, homeland security, and government information technology in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $30.98B, most recent closing price at $96.26.
The F-35 is one of the most intimidating aircraft ever created. Not only does it have stealth capability in case zombies learn how to use radar, but it is useful for ground attacks.
2. Boeing Co. (BA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Market cap at $65.8B, most recent closing price at $86.89.
Boeing makes the AH-64 Apache attack Helicopter, ideal for wiping out zombies in bulk. Hellfire missiles and a mounted Chain Gun should aid in the survival.
Surviving humans around the world are going to be questioning their food intake habits during reconstruction; Annie’s organic food products are one of the many who could benefit.
4. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. Market cap at $16.13B, most recent closing price at $87.02.
The humans best suited to survive the apocalypse will probably be the fittest and healthiest. You can argue for a correlation with Whole Foods customers.
There's one place we know the zombies won’t get to, and that's space. Satellite radio will be essential for news and music when the zombies take radio towers to the ground.
6. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides Internet Protocol (IP) based digital satellite communication and networking products and services worldwide. Market cap at $238.52M, most recent closing price at $5.72.
This company specializes in satellite communications, which we're going to need. Coordinated attacks with the fighters will be tough without it.
7. Hershey Co. (HSY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. Market cap at $19.94B, most recent closing price at $89.18.
Not only does everyone love chocolate, but it is also rumored that zombies are allergic. During reconstruction survivors will be looking for their fix of the good stuff.
Supplementation of healthy diets will be a concern for those who make it out alive, expect people to take more vitamins to ward off any diseases.
9. Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. (RGR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of firearms in the United States. Market cap at $937.89M, most recent closing price at $48.57.
Guns and Amo. Two things you can never have enough of during an apocalypse, background check or not.
10. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Offers metal processing services and manufactures firearms and handcuffs as well as apparel and sportsmen's articles. Market cap at $554.34M, most recent closing price at $8.64.
Well, we don’t want Ruger to have a monopoly power do we?
11. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides products, services, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding, and technical service sectors. Market cap at $16.79B, most recent closing price at $71.29.
As shown in the trailer, aircraft carriers are a safe-haven on the open seas where the zombies can't get to them. Northrop has a hand in building them as well as other implements of destruction.
12. Viacom, Inc. (VIAB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Viacom Inc. (Viacom) is an entertainment content company that connects with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. Market cap at $32.76B, most recent closing price at $66.19.
Viacom owns Paramount, the studio behind WWZ, which will probably be used for educational purposes post apocalypse.
We are all going to need a tall cold Blue Moon when this is all over, and civilizations historically invest in alcohol production first and foremost.
Let's be honest with ourselves, Google isn't going anywhere, zombies or not. After we have our beers the second thing we're going to do is Google how to fix the earth.
15. Campbell Soup Co. (CPB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Market cap at $14.62B, most recent closing price at $46.53.
Canned soup will be one of the essentials to survival. Stock up while you have the chance.
When clean water stops coming out of the faucet we may turn to Coca-Cola products for hydration. Although be careful, rumor has it zombies prefer sugary humans.
From personal hygiene to cleaning supplies, P&G does it all. We'll need plenty of Tide to get the zombie guts off of our clothes.
18. Pfizer Inc. (PFE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, offers prescription medicines for humans and animals worldwide. Market cap at $222.32B, most recent closing price at $30.94.
Whether Pfizer comes up with the zombie vaccine or not, they'll still probably buyout who ever does.
19. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. Market cap at $233.39B, most recent closing price at $83.44.
Band-Aids. Lots and lots of Band-Aids.
By Ryan Horch
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