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10 Consumer Stocks for the Stay-at-Home Investor (Update1)

10. PetSmart (PETM)

Company profile: PetSmart, with a market value of $6 billion, is a retailer of pet food, supplies, and services with 1,250 stores in the U.S. It has about 12% of the market and revenue has increased steadily over the past six years.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 13% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 40%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, seven "buy/holds," and 13 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "buy," with a $62 price target, which is an 8% premium to the current price.

It says: "The overall market for sales of pet-related products and services is increasing in the low- to mid-single digits, due to favorable trends such as rising pet ownership and greater expenditures per pet" which boosts the company's medium-term growth potential. It is also growing its high-margin services such as grooming, Doggie Day Camp,and the overnight boarding service PetsHotel.

9. Kelly Services (KELYA)

Company profile: Kelly, with a market value of $562 million, is a provider of workforce solutions including outsourcing, consulting, and temporary hiring services.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 14% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 22%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, and two "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "strong buy," because employers are still very cautious in their hiring practices, and so will continue to hire temporary workers, in particular non-skilled temporary workers, and that's the company's primary market.

8. Corn Products International (CPO)

Company profile: Corn Products, with a market value of $4 billion, sells various ingredients to food and industrial customers. It is a leading supplier of starch and sweetener ingredients to a range of industries. It has a name change in the works and plans to soon call itself Ingredion.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 8% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 37%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," and three "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $5.16 per share this year, and grow by 9% to $5.61 per share in 2013. S&P, which has it rated "buy," says that long term, "we look for CPO to have increasing contributions from value-added product lines, and to benefit from expansion in growth regions such as Asia" although corn price volatility on fixed price contracts is always a threat to earnings.

7. O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY)

Company profile: O'Reilly, with a market value of $11.5 billion, is the second-largest auto-parts retailer in the U.S., with over 3,700 stores.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 14% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 38%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," 13 "holds," and two "weak holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. For fiscal year 2012, analysts estimate it will earn $4.52 per share and that will grow by 13% to $5.13, in 2013. Revenue and net income have risen steadily over the past four years. It has benefited from taking market share from smaller retailers and so has a greater presence in the do-it-yourself marketplace.

6. Staples (SPLS)

Company profile: Staples, with a market value of $11 billion, is the world's leading office products company, with more than 2,000 stores in 25 countries, but mostly in North America.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 20.5% this year and have a three-year, average annual decline of 1.5%. Its shares carry a 2.6% dividend yield. Analysts give its shares seven "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," seven "holds," and two "weak holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P, which has the shares rated "buy," says that "while the office supply industry is mature, with limited long-term growth potential, in our view, we believe Staples will continue to capture market share from peers."

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