Pepsi (PEP - Get Report), the snack-and-beverage-industry giant, is Goldman's top pick in the consumer-staples sector, with a quality score of 89. It' expected to post earnings growth of 6% next year.
Pepsi's shares have a $99 billion market value and a three-year average annual return of 9.6%. They carry a 3.3% dividend yield.
St. Jude Medical (STJ), a maker of a range of cardiovascular medical devices, including the world's most widely used mechanical heart valve, is Goldman's top health-care pick, with a quality score of 89. Its projected earnings growth for next year is 9%. St. Jude has a three-year average annual return of 6.6%, giving it a market value of $11 billion.