#4 – Kimberly Clark
Amid weak consumer spending on big-ticket items, another area of strength has been consumer staples such as toiletries, basic foodstuffs and household goods. Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) makes Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers and other paper products. Folks keep filling their pantries with these items despite the tough times, and as a result KMB stock is up 11% and has seen eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue increases. With a 4% dividend, this is definitely a stock to watch.