4. Altria Group (MO)
Company profile: Altria, with a market value of $65 billion, is the largest U.S. cigarette maker. It spun off Kraft Foods in 2007 and its international cigarette operations in 2008.
Dividend Yield: 5.03%
Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 9.4% this year and have a 10-year, average annual return of 13%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and eight "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P, which itself has it rated "buy."3. ConocoPhillips (COP) Company profile: ConocoPhillips, with a market value of $66 billion, is the second-largest integrated U.S.-based, international oil and gas exploration and production company. It recently spun off its Phillips 66 unit to focus on its core growth potential. Dividend Yield: 5.07% Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 4% this year, but have a 15-year, average annual return of 10%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," 10 "holds," one "weak hold," and three "sells," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "buy." 2. AstraZeneca (AZN) Company profile: AstraZeneca, with a market value of $51 billion, makes drugs including Prilosec for indigestion and Accolate tablets for respiratory problems. Dividend Yield: 6.93% Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 8.5% this year but have a 15-year, average annual return of 5%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," five "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts expect earnings of $5.92 per share this year, and $6.07 per share next year, a 3% increase. 1. Southern Copper (SCCO) Company profile: Southern Copper, with a market value of $24 billion, is the world's largest copper miner. Copper prices are volatile and are now near a cyclical high. Putting it in a nearly impregnable position as the industry leader, the company has a reserve "equivalent to over a century of output based on 2011 production volumes," Morningstar says. Dividend Yield: 7.06% Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 1.5% this year but have a 10-year average total return of 32%. Morningstar analysts say: "Three variables are likely to dictate Southern Copper's long-term fortunes: the price of copper, the success of expansion projects in Peru and Mexico, and management's ability to maintain amicable labor relations."
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