9. Vodafone Group ( VOD)

Company profile: Vodafone, with a market value of $139 billion, is the second-largest wireless phone company in the world, serving 22 countries.

Dividend Yield: 5.16%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 4.8% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 13%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, one "buy/hold," five "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Those same analysts estimate it will earn $2.50 per share this year and $2.61 next, which is 4% growth.

8. Reed Elsevier ( REN)

Company profile: Reed Elsevier, with a market value of $7 billion, is a diversified publisher and information-services company.

Dividend Yield: 3.7%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 19% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 8%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, and one "hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

7. Sanofi ( SNY)

Company profile: Sanofi, with a market value of $115 billion, is one of the world's biggest pharmaceuticals firms. About 30% of total revenue comes from the U.S. and 30% from Europe.

Dividend Yield: 3.9%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 23% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 11%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, one "buy/hold," and three "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Those same analysts' consensus earnings estimate is for $3.75 per share this year, and growth of 2% to $3.82 per share next year.

6. British American Tobacco ( BTI)

Company profile: British American Tobacco, with a market value of $61 billion, is the third-largest tobacco products seller in the world, with operations in 180 countries.

Dividend Yield: 4.1%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 12% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 20%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings and five "holds," according to a survey of analysts by Morningstar.

5. Diageo ( DEO)

Company profile: Diageo, with a market value of $74 billion, is the world's leading producer of branded premium spirits and also produces and markets beer and wine.

Dividend Yield: 2.54%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 27% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 23%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," and one "hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus earnings estimate is for 6.49 per share this year, and rising by 11% to $7.22 next year.

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