Procter & Gamble
No look at popular brands is complete without the sundries, and you can pick your favorites from Procter & Gamble‘s (NYSE:PG) branded products all day. Just a few:
- Duracell batteries
- Pampers diapers
- Crest toothpaste
- Gillette shaving products
Heck, you can even keep your dog happy with Iams dog food.
Investors should note that the company is undergoing a little turbulence, so if you’re not completely sold on P&G, you can get some exposure to it through exchange-traded funds like the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:XLP) or the iShares Dow Jones US Consumer Goods (NYSE:IYK), which are heavily weighted in PG but also hold a number of other consumer brands, including some of those previously mentioned.
Of course, PG has paid a dividend since 1891 that’s as secure as dividends get, and the yield is a juicy 3.4% — so it might be worth jumping in before the company rights the ship.
Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.