#6: Chevron (CVX)
Between oil prices going nowhere to down and natural gas prices hitting record lows, it has been a tough year for energy companies, and integrated oil and gas giant Chevron (CVX) is no exception.
The stock is up just 14% in 2013, lagging the broader market by about 12 percentage points. Fortunately, the 3.2% yield on the dividend helps mitigate some of the pain. Add in those payouts to the share performance, and the total return comes to more than 18% for the year-to-date.
Eventually global economic growth should pick up enough to help boost energy prices. Until then, investors can pick up CVX for about 11 times forward earnings and sit on the dividend and share repurchase program. Indeed, CVX bought back more than $1 billion in the third quarter alone.