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10 Century-Old Blue Chip Stocks Still Earning Their Keep

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5. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (DD)

Company profile: DuPont, with a market value of $46 billion, is a diversified chemical company operating. Its products are sold in an array of industries, including agriculture (seeds and insecticides), coatings, electronics and communication, construction and transportation, and safety and protection. It was founded in 1802.

Dividend Yield: 3.5%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 9% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 26%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and 11 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Analysts estimate it will earn $4.30 per share this year and that that will grow by 11% in 2013.

4. General Mills (GIS)

Company profile: General Mills, founded 150 years ago, has a market value of $25 billion. It is a consumer staples giant that will never go out of style as a major producer of packaged consumer food products, including Big G cereals, Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Betty Crocker desserts/baking mixes. It also recently added a controlling interest in the Yoplait yogurt business.

Dividend Yield: 3.2%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 4.4% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 17% and a 10-year record of 7.6% annual returns. Analysts give its shares eight "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and eight "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has it rated "strong buy" with a $44 price target, which is a 16% premium to the current price.

3. International Business Machines (IBM)

Company profile: IBM, founded 100 years ago, has a market value of $224 billion. It is one of the world's largest information technology companies with product offerings that include system hardware, infrastructure software, outsourcing, and consulting and integration services. More than 60% of its revenue comes from outside the U.S.

Dividend Yield: 1.75%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 6.6% this year and have a 10-year, average annual return of 10.3%. Analysts give its shares eight "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," 14 "holds," one "weak hold," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "buy" with a $227 price target, which is a 20% premium to the current price. Analysts estimate it will earn $15.05 per share this year and grow 10% to $16.53 next year. Morningstar says: "IBM's technological leadership and sticky products and services will enable the company to deliver steady recurring revenue for a long time."

2. Coca-Cola (KO)

Company profile: Coca-Cola, with a market value of $168 billion, is the world's largest soft drink company and also has a big fruit-juice business. It was founded 126 years ago.

Dividend Yield: 2.75%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 6.9% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 17%. Over 10 years, its annual return is 5%. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and eight "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "strong buy" with an $87 price target, a 19% premium to its current price. Analysts estimate it will earn $4.08 per share this year and $4.47 next year. The stock (and the beverage) is a Warren Buffett favorite.

1. United Parcel Service (UPS)

Company profile: UPS, founded 105 years ago, now has a market value of $73 billion, delivering about 16 million packages daily worldwide. It has a fleet of more than 500 planes and 100,000 vehicles.

Dividend Yield: 3.02%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 4.7% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 16%. Analysts give its shares 12 "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and seven "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. UPS has consistently increased revenue and operating profit during the last decade.

Analysts estimate it will earn $4.84 per share this year and $5.53 next, which is 14% growth. S&P has it rated "buy," with a $95 price target, almost a 30% premium to the current price.

>>To see these stocks in action, visit the 10 Century-Old Blue Chip Stocks Still Earning Their Keep portfolio on Stockpickr.

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