UN - Unilever N.V.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
60.82
+0.47 (+0.78%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

60.31 -0.51 (-0.84%)
Pre-Market: 7:19AM EDT

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Previous Close60.52
Open60.61
Bid60.80 x 800
Ask60.63 x 900
Day's Range60.56 - 60.97
52 Week Range52.08 - 62.41
Volume1,877,366
Avg. Volume1,075,378
Market Cap158.666B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.38
PE Ratio (TTM)24.07
EPS (TTM)2.53
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield1.83 (3.04%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-08
1y Target Est70.00
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  • Is Unilever N.V.'s (AMS:UNA) P/E Ratio Really That Good?
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  • Unilever N.V. (UN) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript
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    Unilever N.V. (UN) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

    UN earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2019.

  • Unilever second-quarter sales slip as wet weather hits Europe
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    Unilever second-quarter sales slip as wet weather hits Europe

    The company said it continues to expect full-year underlying sales growth to be in the lower half of its multi-year 3% to 5% target range and operating margin to reach 20% in 2020. Unilever's shares were down 1.1% in morning trade, compared to the broader FTSE 100 index , which was flat. Wet weather in Europe dampened ice-cream sales following two straight seasons of hot summers, while growth in India slowed again as a late monsoon season and lower food inflation weakened rural demand.

  • 9 Dividend Stocks to Buy to Suit Any Investing Style
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    9 Dividend Stocks to Buy to Suit Any Investing Style

    It's inevitable: no matter where you turn, growth stocks generate the most headlines. Typically, these are companies involved in next-generation technologies. As a result, they simply attract risk-takers wanting to speculate on the next big thing. However, investors with longer-term and more realistic goals should consider dividend stocks.For one thing, dividend stocks obviously provide passive income. Therefore, they provide a platform of stability which will likely come at a premium. We all know that this is the longest-running bull market in history. Therefore, the best stocks to buy might not be related to companies that move under risk-on environments.Second, many if not most dividend stocks are levered toward secular industries that feature consistent demand irrespective of economic conditions. Areas such as consumer staples, healthcare, and even energy are increasingly becoming safe bets because they represent unavoidable expenditures. That's a key concept to consider as the ugly U.S.-China trade war rages on.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFinally, the Federal Reserve is all but incentivizing dividend stocks. Although the economy is doing well on paper, the Fed will likely lower benchmark interest rates at July's end. Essentially, the central bank is determined to nip any sign of a broader slowdown in the bud. * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) Under such circumstances, it's almost criminal not to consider dividend stocks to buy. Here at the best ones to buy, divided among investments appropriate for conservative, balanced, and speculative portfolios. Home Depot (HD)Source: Shutterstock Whenever discussions arise about safe dividend stocks to buy, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) immediately rises near the top. Obviously, the company generates strong secular demand. Recession or not, people still have to renovate their properties or rebuild after a calamitous weather-related event. Thus, HD stock steadily inches higher, even though it's hardly the sexiest name.That said, HD stock is enduring a rare PR crisis. Billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus recently pledged his support for President Donald Trump's re-election bid. After the initial word got out, the social media circus responded with outrage, calling for a Home Depot boycott.But is this enough of a reason to dump HD stock? Absolutely not! No matter what the circumstance, Home Depot is easily one of the best stocks to buy. Perhaps folks should realize first and foremost that this is America. The beauty about living in this country is that the people can vote for whomever they want.Secondly, Home Depot's business is largely Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)-proof. With products like power tools or kitchen tiles, you really want to try before you buy. Right now, e-commerce just doesn't suit this consumer need, which bolsters the case for HD stock. TD Ameritrade (AMTD)Under almost any circumstance in the pre-mass digitalization era, TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) represented one of the best dividend stocks to buy. For one thing, AMTD stock brought steady capital returns, and for good reason: if you want to build wealth, the equity markets offered a simple and intuitive platform.But in the current era where millennials reign in the workforce, AMTD stock doesn't seem like such a smart bet. That's because millennials eschew the markets for cash, more so than any other generation. And why? Primarily, most millennials came of age during the 2008 financial crisis. Understandably, that event scarred young workers and put them off investing.So why even mention AMTD stock? Because no matter what happens, we'll always have a stock market. I'm saying this even though I personally hold cryptocurrencies in high regard. * 7 Stocks to Sell This Summer Earnings Season Moreover, emerging and transformative investments like legal marijuana have enticed young buyers. As our own Will Ashworth reported, millennials consider companies like Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) among the best stocks to buy. Therefore, we haven't heard the last from AMTD stock. Unilever (UN)Unilever (NYSE:UN) represents the more traditional route of safe dividend stocks to buy for purely obvious reasons. As a producer of common household goods such as soap, deodorant, and skincare products, UN stock rides on secular demand. Even in a recession, you still need to take care of yourself.And the latter point is especially compelling for investors seeking the best stocks to buy in a possible downturn. Although the fact that we're on the longest bull market in history is an oft-discussed topic that may have lulled some to ignore the implications, a correction can come at any moment. If it does, passive-income generating investments like UN stock will probably suffer the least damage.Plus, you can have confidence in Unilever's solid financials. Sure, it doesn't have the cool factor of a fast-rising tech upstart. However, with UN stock, you get robust net income, which in turn helps generate consistently strong free cash flow.Where the market is right now, stability and trust may come at a premium. Therefore, keep UN stock close to your chest. Welltower (WELL)One of the most compelling dividend stocks to buy, Welltower (NYSE:WELL) is a real-estate investment trust specializing in senior care. In addition to this critical provision, Welltower brings to the table other highly-demanded services such as post-acute care and outpatient medical solutions. As a result of its diverse portfolio, WELL stock has jumped about 20% year-to-date.If you follow demographic trends, you'll recognize very quickly how much potential upside this company has. Earlier this year, I discussed the generational tailwinds that should drive WELL stock higher over the longer-term. Primarily, baby boomers are the largest living generation in the U.S. Logically, as more of these people transition to retirement, they'll require senior-care services.Of course, the countering argument against WELL stock is that a majority of Americans are not prepared for retirement. This includes a great number of baby boomers. * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund Certainly, that's an issue for WELL stock. But at the same time, an increasing number of millennials support their senior parents or even grandparents. Therefore, in my opinion, the long-haul picture for Welltower remains robust. Exxon Mobil (XOM)Source: Shutterstock Historically, Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) has been one of the best stocks to buy, to the chagrin of drivers everywhere. Unlike many other investments, XOM stock is perpetually stuck in an awkward situation. If Exxon Mobil shares rise, it obviously pleases stakeholders. However, the lift also implies that gas prices have spiked, drawing scorn from the public.Now, XOM stock has another challenge, but one that's more impactful than road-raging drivers: the advent of electric vehicles. Companies like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) have demonstrated that EVs can transition effectively from conceptual drawings to the production floor. Despite the rumblings in the TSLA share price, Tesla EVs have dominated the California luxury-auto market.Naturally, this presents a dark cloud over XOM stock. But should stakeholders worry?They should, but maybe not for a while. Although EV automakers have forwarded profound innovations, it will take time for societies to catch up. For instance, the U.S. transportation network is largely fossil-fuel based. Transitioning this network to an electrical-based infrastructure will probably take decades. That's why you're safe with XOM stock for now. AbbVie (ABBV)Another high-profile name mired in an awkward circumstance is AbbVie (NASDAQ:ABBV). Ordinarily, top-shelf pharmaceutical specialists experience generally steady market increases due to their critical, and sometimes life-saving products. However, ABBV stock hasn't been among the best stocks to buy this year; indeed, it's very much the opposite.Since January's opening price, ABBV stock has shed an alarming 25%. What's more, shares were holding steady between late January until late June. That was when AbbVie's management team disclosed their intent to buy out Allergan (NYSE:AGN). Investors didn't like the move, which would balloon the acquiring company's debt to unsightly levels.Also weighing on ABBV stock throughout this year is the specter of federal regulation. Specifically, rising drug prices have rankled patients. Aggressively, politicians from both sides of the aisle have directed criticism at drug-makers and our failing healthcare system. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Still, AbbVie has such a broad and viable drug pipeline that I think these issues will eventually fade. Plus, the dividend yield for ABBV stock stands at a remarkable 6.2%. AT&T (T)Source: Shutterstock If you're looking for high-yielding dividend stocks to buy, telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T) is a name that comes up often. With a yield of more than 6%, T stock provides a lot of safety buffer, especially if we head into a recession. That said, the company also attracts a lot of criticism.Even though I'm a fairly recent shareholder, I can't say that I completely disagree with the naysayers. What comes up most often is that T stock has an extremely heavy debt load. In addition, as our own Vince Martin noted, AT&T is a low-growth entity. At some point, if core financial metrics don't improve, that lofty dividend may not last.However, as InvestorPlace contributor Laura Hoy explained, T stock might work out for those willing to exercise patience. For instance, management is focusing on profitability as opposed to market share. And as the 5G rollout becomes an increasing reality, AT&T should experience a sizable demand lift. Altria Group (MO)As with AT&T, Altria Group (NYSE:MO) attracts investors for its massive 6.4% dividend yield. But in recent years, MO stock hasn't really belonged on a list of best dividend stocks to buy. Although Altria -- which is most famous for the iconic Marlboro brand -- is a vice play, it has one crucial problem: people aren't smoking like they used to.That's especially true for millennials, who have largely shunned the behavior. Logically, this is a huge headwind for MO stock, which explains its volatility. However, what I like here is that management hasn't given up. They're going after what millennials do like, and that's weed.In the tail end of 2018, Altria made headlines when it invested $1.8 billion in Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON). But once was massive optimism has faded this year. Did Altria make a mistake? * 10 Monthly Dividend Stocks to Buy to Pay the Bills I don't think so. Marijuana firms have suffered because of legal and administrative challenges beyond their control. But once these obstacles fade, cannabis should rise. Therefore, I wouldn't give up yet on MO stock. AMC Entertainment (AMC)If you're basing your dividend stocks to buy on irrelevancy, AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) would probably jump to the top of the list. When you have streaming companies like Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) dominating in-home entertainment, AMC stock seems anachronistic. Also, it doesn't help that the company's cineplexes are almost always located in shopping centers, which themselves are fading.So why gamble on AMC stock, especially since it has lost so much money? Unlike other risky names, I know the pain because my stake isn't in the black. However, I genuinely believe that the markets are overreacting to bad news. For instance, it's not the company's fault that most of this year's top draws will be released toward the latter end of this year.Beyond that, AMC stock offers an experience that you can't replicate in the living room. And relative to other forms of entertainment, the box office is cheap. That's going to play a major role if the economy stumbles into a recession.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long T stock and AMC stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now The post 9 Dividend Stocks to Buy to Suit Any Investing Style appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    /C O R R E C T I O N from Source -- Capricorn Business Acquisitions Inc./

    In the news release, Capricorn Business Acquisitions Announces Letter of Intent with Tikun Olam Skincare, issued 15-Jul-2019 by Capricorn Business Acquisitions Inc. over CNW, we are advised by the company that the biographical information for Gerald Goldberg has been amended. TORONTO , July 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Capricorn Business Acquisitions Inc. (CAK-H.V) ("Capricorn" or the "Company"), a capital pool company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent dated July 1, 2019 ("LOI") with Delaware -based Tikkun Pharma, Inc., d/b/a Tikun Olam Skincare ("TO Skincare") that outlines the general terms and conditions pursuant to which Capricorn and TO Skincare would be willing to complete a transaction that will result in a reverse take-over of Capricorn by the shareholders of TO Skincare, and which is intended to constitute the "Qualifying Transaction" of Capricorn (the "Qualifying Transaction") pursuant to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange").

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    Unilever (NYSE: UN) USA had a problem at its distribution center in Newville, Pennsylvania. Working with the Canadian-based carrier Kriska, Unilever piloted a program called Safe Haven to allow drivers to park at the distribution center. "Unilever was motivated to allow parking onsite in order to become a ‘shipper of choice' for drivers," a 2018 report from the DOT Parking Capacity Working Group noted.

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    5 Dividend Stocks to Buy From Across the Globe

    Most income seekers and retirees have a sort of set playbook when it comes to dividend stocks. They either buy an exchange-traded fund that's heavy in dividend stocks like the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:DGRO) or they stick to a few well-known dividend stocks like Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). And there's nothing wrong with that approach. You certainly can get plenty of income and total return potential from going this route. But income seekers may want to move outside their comfort zone.Specifically, I'm talking about dividend investments that are outside of the U.S.The truth is, some of the best dividend stocks can be found outside the United States. The world is filled with a variety of strong multinational and international leaders. Even better is that valuations for many global stocks are lower than the U.S., while dividend yields are higher.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe yield on the internationally focused MSCI EAFE Index is about double that of the S&P 500. That should be music to an income seeker or retirees' ears. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice In the end, going global can result in some wonderful dividends stocks. With that, here are five international dividend stocks to buy today. Unilever (UL, UN)Dividend Yield: 2.96%Suave soap, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Q-tips … these are all brands most people are familiar with. In fact, you probably use some of these brands yourself. That goes to show just how powerful and big Unilever (NYSE:UL, NYSE:UN) is. The firm is a consumer products powerhouse and features 400 different brands and sales in more than 190 different countries.This portfolio of brands continues to pay some big results for UL and its bottom line. Sales continue to rise, jumping 3.1% during the first half of the year. That's not bad for a firm the size of Unilever. The firm has more than 10 brands that generate more than $1 billion in annual sales. So, this is a big ship. Moreover, emerging markets make up a ton of those sales. Here, UL continues to see plenty of growth and high single-digit sale boosts.The future looks rosy for Unilever as well. The firm has announced that it's doing away with its Anglo-Dutch dual share listing and moving to a single share structure. This will reduce costs. Moreover, the firm has undergone some strategic reviews and it has pruned itself of underperforming brands to improve margins and profits.All of this will translate into continued dividend strength. Since moving to a quarterly payout back in 2010, UL has managed to boost its payout by around 90%. This is a testament to its huge portfolio of brands and continued rising sales.Today, Unilever yields nearly 3% making it a top dividend stock to buy. Royal Bank of Canada (RY)Dividend Yield: 3.8%One of the most under-owned nations on the planet happens to be our neighbors to the North. For some reason, Canada isn't included in many international indexes. That's a real shame as the country features plenty of leading dividend stocks and multinational giants.This includes banking giant, the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY).Historically, Canada's banks have been more conservatively run than U.S. ones. This has been the case for RY for decades. The firm's continued focus on risk management has allowed it to skate through various financial downturns relatively unscathed. Both the Great Recession and the recent Oil Bust didn't affect the bank's bottom line or financial position. This fact has allowed RBC to pay dividends for more than 100 years and keep its payout steady during both crises.But RY isn't a stodgy, old fuddy-duddy. In fact, Canada's banks were some of the first to embrace consumer technology, mobile banking, apps and A.I. Partnerships with tech for its small businesses, enterprise and wealth management divisions have directly boosted retention and overall usage, with digital payments at the bank are surging. All of these digital initiatives have paid off in a big way -- with RY now realizing more than $15 billion in annual revenues. The best part is that RBC now expects to pull in three times the number of new clients as a result of these moves. That'll only grow its base even more. * 10 Stocks to Buy for A Summer Rally For dividend seekers, RY blends the best of both stable revenues with a huge upshot to its growth. With a near-4% yield, it could be one of the best dividend stocks to buy today. GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Dividend Yield: 5.14%When it comes to dividend stocks, Big Pharma offers some of the biggest yields. And the U.K.'s GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) offers a juicy 5.14% payout. GSK features a robust portfolio of consumer healthcare products with brands such as Aquafresh, Nicorette and Theraflu under its umbrella. However, the firm is also a prescription drug powerhouse with several blockbusters under its belt. Likewise, it has a huge vaccine business that it contains to generate steady revenues.All of this has made GSK a big-time dividend player throughout its history. As a U.K. company, GSK sends out a percentage of profits twice a year, so the amount varies. But it has been steady and consistent.But dividend and growth seekers have a lot to like about GlaxoSmithKline. That's because GSK is currently merging its consumer health division with Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE). This separate company will feature a massive portfolio of brands and produce plenty of stable cash flows. Meanwhile, the remaining biopharma company will feature a robust pipeline of new cancer fighters and other drugs. Investors will be able to get the best of both worlds -- growth and income -- from GSK.Buying GSK today, investors get a seat at the table and the ability to score a high yield. BP PLC (BP)Dividend Yield: 5.85%For a long time, BP (NYSE:BP) was the whipping boy of the energy patch. The Deepwater Horizon spill was horrific and cost billions upon billions of dollars in legal fees, damages and fines. Because of that, BP was pretty much dead for years. But lately, the energy giant has returned to its former glory days … at least in terms of dividends and growth.Thanks to the costs related to the spill, BP was forced to become "lean and mean." That meant selling underperforming and non-core assets, spinning out its logistics infrastructure and reducing its overall debt load. All of this has made the firm a much better run energy stock than before. The results of this made themselves known last summer, when BP actually started to pull in some serious cash flows, Now, BP's operating cash flows currently cover its CAPEX spending and dividend payments when oil is around $50 per barrel.However, with continued technology improvements, BP estimates it should reduce its breakeven price to about $35 per barrel by 2021. With new major finds in the Gulf of Mexico, an increase in onshore shale drilling and other moves, BP is back on the prowl. Since suspending its dividend during the spill, BP has been able to increase its payout by 47% and completely end its so-called script dividend program, which paid investors shares rather than cash. * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch With a near-6% yield, BP makes a strong contender for investors looking for international dividend stocks. iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (IGRO)Dividend Yield: 2.87%Perhaps the best way to get a dose of international dividends is to own them all. We mentioned the popular DGRO ETF in the opening slide. That fund also has an international sister -- the iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:IGRO).Similar to DGRO, IGRO tracks a basket of international dividend stocks. The key for the ETF is that it's not just about the payout, but the ability to grow that payout over time. The ETF's index screens for stocks that have been increasing dividends for at least five years straight. A second screen is used to ensure that firms aren't overreaching their ability to pay. Stocks with payout ratios of above 75% are removed. This leaves you with a basket of 408 different dividend stocks. There is some emerging market exposure, but developed markets garner the bulk of assets.Top holdings include pharma giant Sanofi (NYSE:SNY), consumer products superstar Nestle and tech firm Samsung.In terms of performance, IGRO hasn't been bad. The ETF is relatively new -- only opening shop in mid-2016. Since then, it has managed to produce a near-7% return annually. That's not too shabby. Moreover, IGRO yields a very healthy 2.87%. And as a member of iShares core group of funds, expenses for the ETF run at a dirt cheap 0.22%.All in all, when it comes to getting broad exposure to international dividend stocks, IGRO could be one of the best and cheapest ways.At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice * 5 IPO Stocks to Buy -- According to Wall Street Analysts * The Top 10 Best Sectors in the Market for 2019 The post 5 Dividend Stocks to Buy From Across the Globe appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor’s First Choice
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    10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor’s First Choice

    Veteran investors usually have a pretty good feel for selecting their holdings, having learned from both good and bad experiences. In most cases, they're just maintaining an existing portfolio, picking one stock at a time to replace another that's no longer a worthy holding. It's a journey, and can be taken slowly.Brand new investors, however, face a tougher task. Building a portfolio from scratch is not only daunting, but plain difficult. Between finding enough good names to fill out a fully diversified collection of stocks, determining the best time to step in and then learning to sleep when taking on a new kind of risk, it can be an overwhelming matter.But, it doesn't have to be.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The Top 10 Best Sectors in the Market for 2019 Here's a list of ten stocks to buy, hand-picked for their simplicity, but without the sacrifice of real opportunity. There's palatable risk paired with respectable reward, and each name is easy to judge going forward. In no particular order … Walmart (WMT)Source: Shutterstock Walmart (NYSE:WMT) may not be the world's very best-run retailer. But, being the biggest certainly helps offset some of the disadvantages of size. It can negotiate the best prices for inventory it sells, and its scale allows it to offer the best prices to its customers. That sheer scale gives it a serious edge on any of its brick-and-mortar competitors.It's even made a dent is the unchecked dominance Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) has historically enjoyed on the e-commerce front. Last quarter's online sales for Walmart were up 37% year-over-year, sustaining a long streak of strong double-digit growth.Unlike high-tech companies, there's no wait-time for product development, and no intellectual property or patent nuances. It sells stuff, and how well it's selling stuff is made clear every quarter with an all-important same-store sales figure. Last quarter's same-store sales growth of 3.4% was the best first-quarter sales growth in several years. Bank of America (BAC)Source: Shutterstock Big banks like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) are generally more subject to economic cycles than smaller banks are. And, they're also more sensitive to interest rate changes than smaller rivals… for better or worse.The upside to size is still better than the downside though. For the same reason Walmart is one of the best stocks to buy for a new portfolio, BAC stock is ideal exposure to the banking sector because it's arguably the best-run among the majors. * 7 Restaurant Stocks to Put on Your Plate Better yet, it's generously sharing the wealth created by that work. After passing this year's so-called 'stress test' with flying colors, the Federal Reserve approved the bank's request to give $37 billion back to shareholders within the next year through dividends and stock buybacks. For perspective, Bank of America sports a market cap of $279 billion. Unilever (UN)Source: Sean Biehle via FlickrUnilever (NYSE:UN) isn't exactly a household name for most U.S. investors… for a couple of reasons. One of them is the fact that it promotes its products' brand names rather than the corporate moniker. The other is, it's not based in the United States, nor is North America its primary target market.UK-based Unilever is the parent of products like Breyers ice cream, Lipton tea, Noxzema facial products and dozens more you've never heard of because they're only offered overseas.Not only is Unilever a highly diversified play just because of the sheer number of products, it's geographically diversified too. Every day, 2.5 billion people use a Unilever product. Danaher (DHR)Source: Shutterstock As far as industrial names go, Danaher (NYSE:DHR) doesn't spend much time in the spotlight. This is a case, however, where boring can be beautiful. What the company lacks in pizzazz it more than makes up for in consistency.Danaher is the parent company of roughly a couple dozen businesses. Some of them you've heard of, like Pantone, Backman Coulter and Alltech. Most of them are likely unfamiliar though… names like Ormco, Leica Biosystems and Phenomenex. * 7 Restaurant Stocks to Put on Your Plate It seems like a lot to manage, and it is. Danaher manages it all quite well though, turning that extreme diversity into the foundation for a respectably consistent revenue and earnings growth machine. Chevron (CVX)Source: swong95765 via Flickr (Modified)Following the 2014/2015 debacle the energy sector went through, it would be easy to be soured on all oil and gas stocks forever. But, here's a little secret… though that meltdown was extreme, it actually wasn't unusual or surprising. Energy stocks fell into the same trap in 2008, in the late 90s and in the late 80s. Cyclical overproduction is sadly the norm.The biggest and best names in the business tend to survive.Chevron (NYSE:CVX) is one of the biggest and best names in the business, and arguably the one to own if there's only room for one in a portfolio.Indeed, relatively new CEO Mike Wirth has already made it clear he's keeping the bigger picture in mind. In a recent interview he explained "Good times won't last forever, so you can't change your cost structure, or make unwise investment choices."If he can make that kind of sound thinking the new norm for everyone at the company, Chevron will be more than built to last. Duke Energy (DUK)Source: Shutterstock No list of good stocks to buy is complete without a utility name. Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) is the one that made the cut.Duke Energy delivers electricity to 7.7 million customers spread across six different states, mostly in the south. It also services 1.6 million natural gas customers. And, with a market cap of $64 billion, it's one of the biggest players in the utility business.Translation: It's not going anywhere. While its revenue may ebb and flow from time to time, its future is secure. * 7 One-Stock Portfolios for Passive Investors Sure, it's not a high-growth business, but with such a strong dividend profile, it doesn't have to be. The current yield of 4.22% makes for a nice bit of cash flow that most other investments can't quite rival. Microsoft (MSFT)Source: Shutterstock There was a point in time not too long ago with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was on the verge of becoming a has-been. Although operating system and productivity software made it an icon, cheaper and even free alternatives have since become readily available.CEO Satya Nadella saw the writing on the wall though, and adjusted accordingly. Not only did he shift the business model to one that monetizes customers 'on the back end' rather than collect money up-front from one-time sales of software, he made a point of making the company a monolith of the cloud-computing market. Its Azure platform, which helps customers manage their own cloud, saw 73% revenue growth last quarter, extending an incredible pace of progress.Perhaps even better, the recurring revenue nature of the business model has made sales and earnings growth surprisingly consistent for the behemoth. McDonald's (MCD)Source: Shutterstock For years McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has supposedly been on its last leg, with observers claiming an aging shtick, an unhealthy menu and growing competition would up-end the world's largest restaurant chain. McDonald's keeps on chugging though, finding not just a way to survive, but thrive. As it turns out, low-cost food sold in a familiar environment is perpetually marketable.One nuance to note… the company has become almost entirely focused on franchising restaurants rather than owning them outright, because franchising revenue is higher-margin revenue. Running and owning stores is the bigger challenge. More and more franchisees are pushing back, complaining of costs they have no choice but to incur. * 5 IPO Stocks to Buy -- According to Wall Street Analysts It's not become an existential problem yet, and likely won't. But, it's the one thing new investors may want to keep an eye on. Paypal Holdings (PYPL)Source: Shutterstock On a fintech landscape that includes Square (NYSE:SQ), Bitcoin and similar work being done by Visa (NYSE:V) just to name a few, it would be easy to view Paypal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) as a relic that has no place in the future of money. Don't let its age fool you though. The oldest player in the digital payments space is not only the biggest, but remains one of the best because of its reach.That said, also know that Paypal has its finger on the pulse of all the changes. The fact that it's developed its own credit card readers and cash register systems that also manage inventory along with customer relationships makes it clear that simply being a middleman isn't enough.In other words, Paypal is more than ready for the cashless and payments revolution that's quickly becoming inevitable. The first quarter's revenue growth of 12% underscores that reality. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Shutterstock Finally, add Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) to your list of stocks to buy for first-timers just starting to fill up a portfolio.It's admittedly not an earth-shattering growth opportunity. Though it offers prescription pharmaceuticals like blockbuster drugs Stelara and Remicade, pharma accounts for only about half of J&J's business, and it's not exactly a groundbreaking drug developer. The other half of the company's business is basics like band-aids and baby shampoo, and surgical devices. It's solid, but not the stuff of double-digit top-line progress. * 5 Cheap ETFs That Aren't Actually a Good Value The tradeoff is worth it though. Johnson & Johnson offers safety in numbers. The current dividend yield of 2.73% isn't too shabby either, especially considering the company hasn't failed to raise it in any years since 2000.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy The post 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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