4. TJX Cos. ( TJX)

Company profile: TJX, with a market value of $30 billion, is the largest U.S. off-price family apparel and home fashion retailer, operating several chains of apparel and home goods specialty stores in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Poland, Ireland and the U.K.

Dividend Yield: 1.12%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 28% this year, have a three-year, average annual return of 40%, and a 15% average annual return over the past decade. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," and 12 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. For fiscal 2013, analysts estimate TJX will earn $2.42 per share and that will grow to $2.70 in 2013. S&P has it rated "hold" based on valuation concerns.

3. Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ)

Company profile: Johnson & Johnson, with a market value of $171 billion, is the world's largest and most diverse health-care company. The company comprises three divisions: pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics, and consumer.

Dividend Yield: 3.95%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 3.6% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 7% and a five-year average annual return of 2.5%. S&P has its shares rated "buy," with a $73 price target, which is a 17% premium to the current price. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and 12 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Analysts estimate it will earn $5.11 per share this year and $5.42 in 2013.

2. Microsoft ( MSFT)

Company profile: Microsoft, with a market value of $239 billion, is the world's largest software company as the developer of PC software, including the Windows operating system and the Office application suite.

Dividend Yield: 2.8%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 11% this year, have a three-year, average annual return of 12%, and a 0.4% return over five years. Analysts give its shares 15 "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," fourteen "holds," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has it "buy" rated with a $37 price target, which is a 30% premium to its current price.

1. Nike ( NKE)

Company profile: Nike, with a market value of $38 billion, is the world's leading designer and marketer of high-quality athletic footwear, athletic apparel and accessories.

Dividend Yield: 1.38%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 9.3% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 22% and 14% over five years. S&P has it rated "buy" with a $130 price target, a 24% premium. Analysts give its shares 15 "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," six "holds," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Analysts expect it will earn $4.93 per share this year, and that will grow by 17% to $5.78 per share next year.
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