8. C.H. Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW)

Company profile: C.H. Robinson, with a market value of $10 billion, is a global provider of multimodal transportation and logistics services. It has offices in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company leverages its network of shippers and carriers in order to reduce shippers' transportation costs. Its business is closely tied to the trading activity of the world's economy.

Dividend Yield: 2.18%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 12% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 7.4%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," 20 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has it rated "buy," with four stars, and an $85 price target, which is a 40% premium to the current price. It says the company has a "history of strong returns on assets and equity relative to most other transportation companies," and it has no long-term debt and has been a generator of cash over the past few years.

Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of 68 cents in the second quarter, up from 67 cents last year on the way to $2.78 per share on the year, versus $2.62 last year, an increase of 6%.

7. Nike ( NKE)

Company profile: Nike, with a market value of $41 billion, is the world's leading designer and marketer of high-quality athletic footwear, sports apparel and accessories.

Dividend Yield: 1.58%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 4.5% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 22% and 10% over five years. S&P has it rated "buy" with four stars and a $100 price target (down from $130 at the start of the year), a 10% premium to the current price. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and 10 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Analysts expect it will earn $1.13 per share in the current quarter, its first of fiscal 2013, on the way to earnings of $5.12 per share for the year. The company reported fourth quarter, 2012 earnings of $1.17 per share on June 28.

6. Automatic Data Processing ( ADP)

Company profile: Automatic Data Processing, with a market value of $28 billion, is in the human resources administration services industry as a provider of payroll processing and benefits administration.

Dividend Yield: 2.8%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 5% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 21%. Analysts give its shares eight "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," 14 "holds," one "weak hold," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has it rated "buy" with four stars, and a $63 price target, a 14% premium to the current price.

Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $2.74 per share this year, or 9% growth, followed by earnings of $2.99 in 2013. S&P says of ADP that "over the longer term, we think the market for payroll outsourcing is relatively untapped, especially in the small and medium-sized business market and overseas, providing opportunities for future growth."

5. Target ( TGT)

Company profile: Target, with a market value of $38 billion, operates 1,515 discount stores, including 875 with P-fresh sections featuring expanded grocery lines; and 252 SuperTargets.

Dividend Yield: 2.48%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 14.6% this year, and have a three-year, average annual return of 18%. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," and 11 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has it rated five stars and a "strong buy," with a price target of $72, a 24% premium to the current price. Analysts' consensus is for earnings of $1.01 per share in the most recent quarter, up 7% year-over-year, on the way to $4.36 per share on the year, a 12% increase in annual earnings.

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