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10 Best-Performing 'Dividend Aristocrats'

10. Kimberly-Clark (KMB - Get Report)

Company profile: Kimberly-Clark, with a market value of $31 billion, is a major consumer products company with a stable of tissue, personal-care and health-care brands including: Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex and Scott.

Dividend Yield: 3.76%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 7.4% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 20%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, one "buy/hold," 12 "holds," and two "weak holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $5.15 per share this year and that that will rise by 8% to $5.54 per share next year.

Morningstar says Kimberly-Clark "throws off a ton of cash, but it's facing an increasingly difficult time in its categories" due to competitive pricing pressures domestically and in Europe. There are also valuation concerns as the shares have gained 23% in the past 12 months.

9. Genuine Parts (GPC)

Company profile: Genuine Parts, with a market value of $10 billion, is a wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products.

Dividend Yield: 3.01%,

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 8.2% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 28%. Analysts give its shares eight "holds" and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

8. Bemis International (BMS)

Company profile: Bemis, with a market value of $3 billion, manufactures flexible-packaging products and pressure-sensitive materials. About 65% of its sales come from the food industry.

Dividend Yield: 3%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 9% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 13%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, one "buy/hold," 10 "holds," and two "weak holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $2.10 per share this year and $2.36 next year, representing 12% growth.

S&P says its "hold" rating "is based on our valuation metrics, along with still challenging global markets and high raw material costs."

7. Old Republic International (ORI - Get Report)

Company profile: Old Republic, with a market value of $2.6 billion, is an insurance underwriter in the U.S. and Canada.

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 9.7% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 8%. Analysts give its shares one "hold" and one "weak hold" rating, according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

6. RPM International (RPM - Get Report)

Company profile: RPM International, with a market value of $4 billion, makes specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets worldwide.

Dividend Yield: 3.20%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 10% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 28%. Analysts give its shares two "buy" ratings, six "holds," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $1.62 per share this year and that earnings will rise by 11% to $1.80 per share next year.

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