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National Grid (NGG)

Company Profile: The company is an international utility that provides electricity and gas transmission and distribution in the U.K. and Northeastern U.S. It also operates in power generation, communications infrastructure, metering services and liquefied natural gas storage.

2011 Return: up 15%

Dividend Yield: 4.62%






Intel (INTC)

Company Profile: The company is the largest computer-chip maker in the world. It develops and manufactures microprocessors and platform solutions for the global personal computer market.

Information technology researcher Gartner said Intel was the semiconductor industry's 2011 sales leader for the 20th consecutive year, with its highest-ever market share at 16.9%. Its previous high was in 1998, when it captured 16.3% of the market.

2011 Return: up 12.7%

Dividend Yield: 3.62%

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Stock quotes in this article: MRK, PFE, KFT, PG, MCD, PM, INTC, NGG, BTI, PSO, IDC, NVS 

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