13 Large US Companies With Little or No Brexit & Europe Woes

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) has not been immune to problems at all. Making your customers sick on food-borne contamination is not good. Still, it is recovering and most companies recover from these sorts of issues. As of now, Chipotle has almost nothing to do with Europe. At the end of 2015 it operated 1,971 Chipotle restaurants in the United States. Outside of the United States, it had 11 in Canada, seven in England, four in France and one in Germany. Sorry, but 12 stores versus 1,971 is a non-event — and Brits and Europeans wanting a burrito may not stop just because of the Brexit. Even if this alters the growth rate of stores overseas, the Brits and Europeans will get the currency mess figured out before it matters. Chipotle shares were recently trading at $403.00. Its consensus analyst target is almost $460 and its 52-week trading is $384.77 to $758.61.

Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) may feel like a utility to some investors due to cable, web and voice bundling. The company’s focus is domestic and it is likely not going to be involved in many acquisition deals now that the Time Warner deal is done. Its balance sheet may be leveraged with debt, but the $61 billion market cap has grown in 2016 due to millions of subscribers. Shares of Charter Communications were trading at $227.00 late in the week versus a 52-week trading range of $156.13 to $233.70.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) is no longer just $1.00 and under in products, but it is effectively all U.S.-based retailing. After all, it has no stores named Euro-General. They are now reaching up and taking business from Walmart, and a stronger dollar helps them buy more goods on the cheap that it can sell in the sub-$10 retail category. Dollar General shares have risen since Brexit broke, and shares went above $94.00 in the week of July 1. Dollar General is new to the dividend game, but its 1.1% dividend yield has ample room to grow in the years ahead. Its consensus analyst price target is now nearing $100.00 as analysts are continuing to chase it up.

Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV) has been recovering as a REIT with rates being lower for longer. It caters mostly to federal, state and local government and quasi-governmental agencies. It turns out that the government just won’t shrink and they tend to keep very long leases that last for years and years. A week ago this was at $20.50, but it was back above $22.50 late this week. It still has an 8% dividend yield. Would you like to loan Uncle Sam money by buying Treasury notes at less than 1.5% for a decade, or would you like to make 8% by playing the government’s landlord.

Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: HR) is a $3.6 billion REIT, benefiting from the lower rates for longer theme. Its shares were recently challenging new highs of close to $35.00, but its yield is only about 3.5%. It is diversified within operating and owning  health care services properties. Will people in the U.S. need less healthcare because of Brexit? Analysts have a consensus price target that is lower at $31.22, but the highest target price is $37.00. It even recently sold $268 million or so in stock to pay debt, and it hardly had an impact on the stock.

Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is both defensive and necessary. You can buy food of all sorts, cheap or expensive – even getting some of the exact same products that Whole Foods sells at a handy discount. On top of Kroger stores, it has stores under name Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, and it has its own branded foods. Kroger shareholders are paid a 1.3% dividend yield. The Merrill Lynch price objective is $45.00, and the consensus is at $41.50. Kroger shares were last seen at $36.50 versus a $42.75 high over the last year.

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) recently hit a 52-week high that was north of $21.00 this last week. It still yields 7.7%. This REIT out-yields most senior housing REITs, but that may be because it has diversified into other medical-oriented facilities in recent years. Senior Housing Properties was under $20.00 before the Brexit news and was under $19.00 at the start of June.

Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV) may have been hit hard with airlines and transports of late, but its international footprint is both small and very new – flying just to a few destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. It is also now the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest shareholders are paid a 1.07% dividend and it is shareholder and labor-friendly alike. Merrill Lynch’s price objective is $56.00, while the consensus is lower at $53.82. Southwest shares were last seen trading at $38.90.

If you want to know why there are no gold stocks included here, it is because almost all of them rose handily.

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