5. Becton Dickinson
Liability Adjusted Cash Flow Yield
Return on Invested Capital
Out of approximately
100 million registered domain names
, there are only 676 two-letter domains that end in ".com."
(BDX - Get Report)
-- 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).