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Does Hillshire Brands Belong In Your Portfolio?

Hillshire Brands (NYSE:HSH) is a $4 billion market cap company that I would never have sought out as an investment. It hasn't shown much growth, its main products are particularly unhealthy and it sports a paltry 1.5% dividend. It's also a stock I am considering removing from my portfolio.

As to why I own the stock in the first place, it's what was left of the break-up of Sara Lee. Sara Lee was one of the stocks in my retirement portfolio that had paid a steady, and steadily increasing, dividend. The kind of stock I would stick in my IRA and leave it there to compound as re-invested dividends built up the position and the future income...

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