5. Ecolab ( ECL), the global leader in the cleaning and sanitation industry, develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, food-service, health-care and industrial markets. Its shares have gained 12% this year, giving it a market value of almost $13 billion. The shares carry a projected dividend yield of 1.25%. The company has an amazing 15-year average annualized return of 13%. 6. Kirby ( KEX), provides inland waterways marine transportation and diesel engine services in the U.S. Its shares are up 43% this year, giving it a market value of $3.5 billion.