While it may lack the excitement factor of a satellite radio operator or a famous software firm, Dow Chemical ( DOW) is no stranger to being a household name. Since its start in 1897, Dow has become one of the largest chemical and materials firms in the world, creating brands such as Styrofoam, and having a hand in nearly every industry imaginable. Dow's scale and diversification make it a formidable blue chip name with the hefty 3.3% dividend yield you'd expect to go along with it.
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