5. Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL)
Company profile: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading provider of research consumables and fine chemicals to a variety of players in the life sciences and technology industries.
Dividend Yield: 1.1%
Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 17% this year and 28% on average over the past three years. Sigma-Aldrich has seven "strong buy" ratings and seven "holds," per TheStreet Ratings.4. VF Corp. (VFC) Company profile: VF manufactures and markets clothing, specializing in jeans, sportswear, outdoor apparel, and footwear. Its apparel brands include Lee, Wrangler, The North Face, and Nautica. Dividend Yield: 1.97% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 17% this year and 44% over the past three years, on average. Analysts give VF Corp. 10 "strong buy" ratings, one "moderate buy," and six "holds," TheStreet Ratings says. 3. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Company profile: JPMorgan is an international financial-services, institutional and investment bank with a $148 billion market value. Dividend Yield: 2.60% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 18% this year and an average annual 21% over three years. Analysts give JPMorgan 17 "strong buy" ratings, four "moderate buys," and three "holds," per TheStreet Ratings. 2. Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) Company profile: Illinois Tool Works is a manufacturer of a range of industrial products and equipment including industrial packaging, electronics, and polymers and fluids. Dividend Yield: 2.58% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 20% this year and 29% over the past three years, on average. Illinois Tool Works has nine "strong buy" ratings and seven "holds," according to a survey by TheStreet Ratings. 1. Microsoft (MSFT) Company profile: Microsoft, with a market value of $264 billion, develops the Windows PC operating system, the Office suite of productivity software, and its other businesses include the Xbox 360 video game console, the Bing Internet search engine, business software, and software for mobile devices. Cloud computing, or the computing world's shift to Web-based applications, is the latest challenge to its operating system but it is likely to find new ventures in cloud computing to make up for that.Microsoft Wednesday launched the first test version of Windows 8, to gather consumer feedback on the new operating system. Windows 8, which isn't expected to be released commercially until late this year, is designed to give Microsoft a presence in the fast-growing tablet market. Dividend Yield: 2.54% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 22% this year and have a three-year average annual return of 25%. Analysts give Microsoft 14 "buy" ratings, nine "buy/holds," 14 "holds," and one "sell," according to an S&P survey. >>To see these stocks in action, visit the 10 Stocks to Own During a Dividend Bubble portfolio on Stockpickr.
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