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Top 10 Buzzed-About Brands in 2012

These companies have good PR, even if it didn't help their stocks

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#7: Target

Target (NYSE:TGT)Target (NYSE:TGT) moved up two spots year-over-year, coming in at No. 7. The big-box retailer generally has a better reputation than rival Walmart (NYSE:WMT), which is often criticized for labor practices and faced a bribery investigation last year.

YouGov talked about several of Target’s big moves in 2012:

“In the third year of its remodel program and 2-years into the nationwide launch of 5% Rewards, Target worked hard to secure loyalty. The design-savvy discounter also committed to offering signature ‘exclusives’ year round not just as an occasional headliner.”

The stock — which offers investors a solid 2.4% dividend yield — just barely lagged behind the market in 2013 with a steady 13% climb.

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