Today’s Money: Buy Stocks or Buy Stuff?
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Sharon Epperson, CNBC Personal Finance Correspondent, about if you would have taken that money you invested in that back-to-school shopping or stuff for your child’s dorm room and instead invested it in that same company, would you have made money? Find out with the Today Show‘s Stock or Stuff game. Learn why Apple stock is still paying off.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: CNBC’s Sharon Epperson
Sharon Epperson said she took a look at these companies from 2009 to Friday, August 17 2012. She said this is looking at past performance, so it doesn’t mean it is going to go that way in the future. Nothing to do with the future, just looking at the past.
Stock or Stuff: Costco
Sharon Epperson asked on Costco: $100 worth of Costco products or their stock? Epperson said if you had purchased $100 worth of Costco stock two years ago, you would have nearly doubled your money. It is worth $192 now, so take the stock.
Apple: Most Valuable Stock Ever
Sharon Epperson asked on Apple: $200 for an iPhone or invest it in the stock? Epperson said it is the most valuable stock ever. The $200 investment is worth $515 today, so take the stock.
Stock or Stuff: Staples
Sharon Epperson asked on Staples: $100 worth of office products or $100 worth of stock? Epperson said that Staples stock has taken a hit and has dropped about 42% in the past two years, so take the stuff.
Stock or Stuff: CVS
Sharon Epperson asked on CVS: $100 worth of health and beauty products from CVS or $100 worth of stock? Epperson said that $100 investment is now worth about $135 today, so take the stock.
TJ Maxx, Marshalls & Home Goods: TJX Company
Sharon Epperson asked on TJX Company, which includes TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods: $100 worth of products from their stores or $100 worth of stock? Epperson said the stock has doubled in the two years and that $100 investment is now worth $230 today, so take the stock.
Stock or Stuff: Sony Playstation
Sharon Epperson asked on Sony Playstation: Two years ago you could have bought it for $230 or invest it in stock? Epperson said the stock has definitely taken a hit over the past two years, so take the stuff.
Stock or Stuff: Gap
Sharon Epperson asked on Gap: everyone has to get school clothes, so would you buy $100 worth of the clothes or get the stock? Epperson said the stock has doubled and is worth $216 today, so take the stock.