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Simon Property Group ( SPG), the largest retail real estate investment trust (REIT) in the U.S., is Goldman's top pick in the financial sector, with a quality score of 87. It owns shopping malls and a wide range of retail stores. The company is expected to increase earnings 6% next year.

Its shares have a three-year average annual return of 36%, giving the company a $34 billion market value. Its shares have a dividend yield of 3.1%.


Walgreen ( WAG), the nation's largest retail drugstore chain with about 7,700 stores, earned a quality score of 88 from Goldman. Its earnings growth rate next year is estimated at 8% per share.

Its shares have a three-year average annual return of 11.5%, giving Walgreen's a market value of $29 billion. Its shares carry a dividend yield of 2.8%.

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