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10 Best Dow Dividend Stocks for 2012

4. 3M

Liability Adjusted Cash Flow Yield: 5.1%

Dividend Yield: 2.85%

LACFY/10-Year Treasury Yield: 2.46

Return on Invested Capital: 22%

3M (MMM) -- like Procter & Gamble -- is a Dividend Aristocrat that dabbles too much in share buybacks. Both companies are quasi-conglomerates with large portfolios of well-known brands. Both stocks have delivered good-but-not-great returns over the last decade. And both companies have similar operational metrics.

3M, however, has a much stronger balance sheet than P&G.

The Post-It note maker has underperformed the Dow by roughly 10% this year and underperformed P&G by about 6%. If you're looking for a solid-yet-unloved company -- and you enjoy going against the crowd -- 3M may treat you well.

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