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10 Best 'Dividend Aristocrats' for 2012

5. Becton Dickinson

Liability Adjusted Cash Flow Yield: 4.85%

Dividend Yield: 2.28%

Return on Invested Capital: 19.44%

Out of approximately 100 million registered domain names, there are only 676 two-letter domains that end in ".com." Becton Dickinson (BDX - Get Report) -- www.bd.com -- owns one of them, and the company had the foresight to register this Internet oddity in 1998.

You can view this information as a useless factoid or perhaps a tacit affirmation of a business culture that Morningstar calls a " decades-long dedication to innovation."

Either way, this medical supplies manufacturer has delivered consistent returns on capital that have translated to favorable shareholder returns. And with a beta of 0.6, investors may wish to park rainy day money in this stock while waiting for a downpour. Of course, when it comes to storms, it's always nice to sell low-beta names (that may be undervalued) to fund the purchase of high-beta names (that are likely, more undervalued).

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