11. General Mills ( GIS) is one of the world's leading cereal and packaged-food makers.

12. ExxonMobil ( XOM), the biggest component in the S&P 500 Index and the world's largest oil company, is prominent on the list of top picks by Morningstar's Ultimate Stock Pickers and a favorite of those seeking dividends, given its 2.21% yield.

13. Halliburton ( HAL) is a provider of oil-field services, from pressure pumping to drilling, with projects in about 80 countries. S&P has it rated "buy," as do 38 analysts covering the stock, or 89% of the total.

14. Schlumberger ( SLB) is one of the largest oil services companies with all the major oil companies as its customers. S&P has it rated "strong buy" with five stars, its top recommendations.

15. Chevron ( CVX) is an integrated energy company with exploration, production and refining operations worldwide.

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