These shares offer regular dividends, a key to steady income. And most are rated as low risk.
The consumer staples sector has emerged as a clear leader for the typically defensive season.
Siemens is upgraded to 'buy,' and Viacom is downgraded to 'above average.'
Global food giant Nestle looks good.
Mylan is upgraded to 'buy' at Goldman, while Bank of America is downgraded to 'neutral' at Citi.
The soft-drink giant strikes a $980 million deal with a Saudi soda company.
The food company concentrates its business in developed markets that haven't seen a strong recovery.
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