Salient to Investors:

MBLM found that from 2005 to 2014,  companies with intimate brands averaged 5% more revenue growth and 11% more profit growth than the S&P 500 index. The top-performing industry in the US was the auto industry, suggesting scandals did not dent customer enthusiasm.

Mario Natarelli at MBLM said only a quarter of the 52,000 brands surveyed evoked intimacy with their customers.

The top ten were, in order: Apple, BMW, Toyota, Amazon, Harley-Davidson, Disney, Coca-Cola, Whole Foods, GMXC and Samsung.

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