2. Church & Dwight ( CHD) sells household products.

The numbers: Third-quarter profit soared 43% to $70 million, or 98 cents a share. Revenue inched up 2% to $646 million. Church & Dwight's operating margin ascended from 15% to 18%. A quick ratio of 1.1 indicates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5 reflects conservative leverage.

The stock: Church & Dwight rose 13% during the past year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 19, a premium to household products peers. The shares offer a 0.9% dividend yield.

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