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Fortune Brands (FO) is a conglomerate made up of home and hardware products, and alcoholic beverages and golf businesses. It posted $6 billion of sales in 2009, which grew by 7% to $7.1 billion in 2010. Sales in its spirits business rose 7.9%. In 2011, analysts expect strong growth in the high-margin spirits segment on higher consumer spending and increasing market share in the U.S. and abroad.

It had revenue of $7.1 billion in 2010, up from $6.7 billion in 2009. For fiscal 2011, analysts estimate that Fortune will earn $3.25 per share and that will grow by 16% to $3.78 in 2012.

Fortune Brands has said it intends to break up and sell the home-and-security and golf segments to become a pure-play spirits manufacturer, which could help boost share prices if the those for-sale components fetch dear prices.

Fortune Brands' spirits brands include Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and Canadian Club.

Its home and security brands include Moen, Therma-Tru, and Master Lock, and golf brands include Titleist, Pinnacle and FootJoy.

Standard & Poor's gives Fortune Brands three stars out of a possible five but has a "hold" recommendation on its shares. It has a 12-month $68 price target on its shares, about an 11% premium to its current price.

S&P's review of other analysts' ratings found two "buy" ratings, one "buy/hold" and 10 "holds."

Shares are up 2% this year and 31% over the past year, giving it a market value of $9.3 billion. It has 76% institutional ownership.

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