1. American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK), $106.00
> Industry: Utilities
> Yield: 1.8%
> 52-week range: $77.73 – $107.71
> Market cap: $19 billion
This is America’s largest pure-play water utility, serving drinking water, treating wastewater and other related services to roughly 14 million people in 45 states. The reality is that people are going to drink water, use water at home for food and cleaning, and shower every day.
2. American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP), $85.00
> Industry: Utilities
> Yield: 3.2%
> 52-week range: $62.71 – $85.71
> Market cap: $42 billion
American Electric Power is a major electric utility in America and has operated for more than 100 years. At last look, it served nearly 5.4 million regulated electricity customers in 11 states, and it uses nearly all sources of energy to produce electricity.
3. Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX), $158.00
> Industry: Consumer products
> Yield: 2.4%
> 52-week range: $113.57 – $167.70
> Market cap: $20 billion
Clorox may not be as large as some of its consumer products competitors, but the company has operated for more than 100 years and markets many consumer goods outside of its cleaning and bleach products, including household chemicals, petcare products, water filtration, food, and so on. Its shares soared more than 40% from trough to peak in 2018 — proof that it can withstand rocky markets. The shares previously pulled back in 2019.
4. Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), $45.90
> Industry: Beverages
> Yield: 3.5%
> 52-week range: $41.45 – $50.84
> Market cap: $197 billion
Dating back to the late 1800s, Coca-Cola is perhaps the most widely recognized beverage maker in the world. The company has increased its beverage choices outside of soda drinks over the years, adding water, sports drinks, health drinks, tea, coffee, and so on. Revenues are expected to grow to $33 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 5%. Its shares have pulled back so far in 2019 after a disappointment in earnings.
5. Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG), $117.50
> Industry: Discount retail
> Yield: 1.0%
> 52-week range: $85.54 – $121.27
> Market cap: $31 billion
The nation’s most dominant dollar store retailer turned in positive gains in 2018, and it continues to find new niche geographies in which to open new stores. It dates back to before World War II during the Great Depression, and it has now expanded to offer higher priced goods with more than 15,000 stores in 44 states. Dollar stores proved to have a strong business model during and after The Great Recession a decade ago. Its shares pulled back handily in March on earnings but have since recovered.
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