6) T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW): In February, T. Rowe Price announced a 10% quarterly dividend increase to 34 cents per share. T. Rowe Price has increased its annual dividend for 26 consecutive years. I urge you to invest in companies with consistent records of increasing dividends year after year.
7) Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT): As warfare evolves into cyber-warfare, America’s military industrial companies are evolving too. The brain trusts that were once pioneering America’s first jet fighter, the Lockheed XP-80, and the Trident missile are turning attention to the cyber battlefield. To that end, Lockheed is a mission partner in the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, known as DC3. The facilities at DC3 house the world’s largest accredited digital forensics laboratory used to track down cyberspace criminals.
8) United Technologies (NYSE:UTX): United Technologies’ 50-day moving average crossed its 200-day moving average behind a powerful breakout. After a consolidation near $70 a share and then a test of $80, the price broke through the $85 range. The next resistance level for UTX shares is $90.
9) EnCana Corp (NYSE:ECA): New horizontal drilling technologies have allowed EnCana to increase the length of its horizontal wells up to two miles. Using a single drilling pad to drill a wheel-spoke pattern of horizontal wells through resource rich rock has allowed EnCana to minimize surface impact.
Today, EnCana can drain the gas from a six-square-mile area using only one drilling pad. Efficiencies in operations are paramount in today’s natural gas market.
10) Graco (NYSE:GGG): CEO Patrick McHale began his career sweeping floors at Minneapolis Molds and Engraving. Management saw promise in the young McHale and taught him as a machinist. He put himself through accounting school running machines there. In 1989, he joined Graco as a graveyard shift supervisor. To say McHale knows the business from the bottom up is an understatement. McHale has molded Graco into one of America’s uncommon exporters, with 90% of its manufacturing within the U.S. and over half of its sales abroad.