It has a way of sneaking up on you, but then again, so did Jason Voorhees. If investors woke up this morning with a feeling of general unease, it’s not because of the situations in Europe this time. Okay, it’s not JUST because of the situation in Europe. It’s also because it’s Friday the 13th, a day considered to be unlucky and cursed by those who are particularly superstitious. Well, whether or not one buys into such ideas, here’s a list of some companies that offer all the products and services one might need on this spooky date.
Alas, the simple, plastic masks of Jacques Plante and Gerry Cheevers have gone the way of the dodo in favor of new, sensible masks with padding that actually protect hockey goalies from serious injury. Those ninnies! Still, if one’s hoping to snag a mask to wear anyway, just for authenticity say, Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) could be an option, as could Big Five Sporting Goods (BGFV). Both are down today, with Dick’s dropping over 2 percent and Big Five losing over 3 percent, but Dick’s experienced an excellent day yesterday as shares surged 12.47 percent on news of a stock buyback program.
Many companies that manufacture chain saws and other handheld power tools are privately owned, like Andreas Stihl AG & Company. However, there are some publicly traded companies that are in the chainsaw game. Deere & Company (DE) and Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) both offer several models of chainsaw. Also, Swedish company Husqvarna (HSQVY), which owns McCulloch Motors and several other subsidiaries. While they should work well in cutting wood, it’s less clear how any of these models would perform in an assault on a group of teenage co-eds.
The most legendary maker of machetes was the Collins Company of Collinsville, CT, an ax maker whose name became so synonymous with quality in South and Latin America that all quality machetes were known as “un collins.” However, the company went out of business in 1966 after 140 years. Like chainsaw, the majority of machete makers are privately owned companies like Tramontina or Imacasa. However, Black and Decker (BDK) also makes machetes, for the slasher who feels some serious brand loyalty after purchasing their chainsaw. If not, you could always hit up Home Depot (HD) and peruse the selection there.
Abandoned Summer Camp
When it comes to getting a remote location for a homicidal maniac to go on a rampage, one would most likely need to go through a local Realtor who, most likely, won’t be publicly traded. Alas. Still, given what’s happened to the real estate market in the last five years, you could at least hold out hope for a really good price. After all, the housing market is where the real blood bath is these days.