The Motley Fool

If I Could Buy Just One Stock This Christmas, It’d Be Unilever plc

When considering buying a Christmas gift for a loved one, my first question is not “Is this something I would want?”

I learned this at an earlier age when my mum unwrapped a DVD copy of Kill Bill. She feigned enthusiasm until the film concluded, before delivering the verdict “What a load of rubbish.” I probably should’ve bought a hair styler.

5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!

According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…

And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential...

But if I were to gift someone shares this Christmas, the best question I could ask belies the usual logic. “Would I want to own this?” is the best question I could ask.

Unilever (LSE: ULVR) (NYSE: UL.US) is a company I’d be glad to consider as an investment, say, for a family member. It is a business that I’d likely be happy to buy and hold myself for 10 years or more. Its products such as Dove, Persil, Sure and Wall’s fulfil persistent needs to consumers around the globe. They are repeat purchases which become more valuable over time.

I’m encouraged by Unilever’s 15% operating margins – indicative that customers will pay a little extra for its brands. The company trades for around 16 times operating cash flow, and while this is not cheap, I’d hardly call it expensive for a company of Unilever’s quality.

I’m expecting Unilever’s margins to improve if, as expected, its brands continue to command higher prices in fast-growing markets such as India and Brazil. Unilever is a company that could underpin either a portfolio of your own or a family member’s for years to come.

“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”

I'm sure you'll agree that's quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.

But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.

What's more, we firmly believe there's still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.

And right now, we're giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.

Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!

Mark Stones has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Unilever. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

Where to invest £1,000 right now

Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his select team of expert analysts at The Motley Fool UK have just revealed 6 "Best Buy" shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.

So if you’re looking for more top stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio in this market, then I have some good news for your today -- because we're offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our 'no quibbles' 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.

Simply enter your email address below to discover how you can take advantage of this.