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Colgate-Palmolive(CL - Get Report) is one of the largest consumer products companies in the world, featuring brands such as Colgate, Speed Stick, Irish Spring, Softsoap, Ajax, Murphy's Oil Soap and Hill's Pet Foods. The company grew earnings by 4% in 2011 and is expected to grow earnings by 7% in 2012.
In 2011, the company was somewhat deterred by the weakness in Europe and emerging markets. However, in 2012 and beyond, earnings growth should return to a more normalized level. Soap and toothpaste is not exactly a high-growth business, but as emerging economies grow, their citizens tend to improve their personal hygiene.
This is a list of tortoises, not hares, and Colgate Palmolive is a quintessential tortoise.
Colgate, one of
D.E. Shaw's top holdings, shows up on a list of
10 New Dividend Aristocrats for 2012.
Lockheed Martin(LMT - Get Report) is a U.S.-based defense contractor. In 2011, earnings per share and sales rose between 1% and 2%.
2012 is likely to be much the same for Lockheed Martin, due to the fiscal challenges of world governments. Despite all of that, the company has managed to maintain a strong balance sheet and grow its dividends by about 22% a year for the past five years.
After two years of slow growth and fiscal restraint, aging defense equipment and new technologies will spur on more growth in 2013 and beyond.