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5. Altria Group
Altria Group
Cigarettes may be bad for your health, but they're keeping Altria in excellent fiscal shape. The company, which is the parent of Philip Morris USA, recently reaffirmed its forecast for 2009 adjusted profits, which it expects to increase by 3 to 6 percent.

For further proof of Altria's strong balance sheet, look no further than its 8% dividend yield. --M.K.

NEXT: Nestlé

Last updated March 04 2009: 10:55 AM ET
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