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12 Highest-Rated Consumer Stocks Picked by S&P (Update1)

6. Target (TGT - Get Report)

Company profile: Target, with a market value of $38 billion, operates 1,515 discount stores and 252 SuperTargets.

Dividend Yield: 2.07%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 19.6% this year, and have a three-year, average annual return of 18%. Analysts give its shares 11 "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," and 10 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P upgraded Target to "strong buy" rating on April 2, and raised its price target to $72, from $57 as Target reported its same-store sales in March rose 7.3%, much better than expected. S&P has a $72 price target on its shares, which is a 24% premium to the current price.

5. General Motors (GM)

Company profile: GM, with a market value of $40 billion, holds 19% of the U.S. car market, the most of any automaker. It emerged from bankruptcy in July 2009 after a government bailout.

Dividend Yield: N/A

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 22% this year. Analysts give its shares nine "buy" ratings, seven "buy/holds," and five "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has a $34 price target on its shares, which is a 33% premium to the current price. S&P says "we believe GM has shrunk its North American production footprint and cost structure to be profitable through the next demand cycle" and that new production and incentive discipline in the U.S., will enhance its products, marketing and profits.

4. CBS (CBS - Get Report)

Company profile: CBS, with a market value of $22 billion, owns the CBS television network, 30 local TV stations, and 50% of CW, a joint venture between CBS and Time Warner (TWX).

Dividend Yield: 1.20%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 23% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 92%. Analysts give its shares 12 "buy" ratings, nine "buy/holds," seven "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has a $35 price target on its shares, a 6% premium to the current price.

3. Coach (COH)

Company profile: Coach, with a market value of $22 billion, is a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of handbags and leather accessories.

Dividend Yield: 1.1%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 24% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 61%. Analysts give its shares 14 "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," nine "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has a $80 price target on its shares, a 6% premium to the current price.

2. TRW Automotive (TRW)

Company profile: TRW, with a market value of $5.8 billion, is one of the biggest suppliers to the auto industry worldwide, offering safety systems including braking, steering, and electronic components, modules, and systems.

Dividend Yield: N/A

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 40% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 107%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and one "hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has a $60 price target on its shares, which is a 28% premium to the current price.

1. Magna International (MGA)

Company profile: Magna, with a market value of $11 billion, is one of the largest, most diversified auto parts suppliers in the world.

Dividend Yield: 2.3%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 41% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 42%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," seven "holds," one "weak hold," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. It's expected by analysts to earn $4.62 per share this year and that earnings will grow by 15% to $5.32 in 2013. S&P has a $57 price target on its shares which is a 21% premium to the current price.

>>To see these stocks in action, visit the 12 Highest-Rated Consumer Stocks Picked by S&P portfolio on Stockpickr.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.
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