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During Mother's Day, I thought I would write an article dedicated to mothers across the investing world. Let us not forget that mothers are investors too.

While thinking about what type of stocks would be suitable for my mother, I knew that I would have to be careful with the selection. First and foremost, the stock had to be from a company which had a product or service that was well known; secondly, they had to have paid dividends every year consistently and finally, they had to have beaten the overall market since issuing their first dividend.

There are many stocks that fit these criteria, but I am going to stick to talking about three stocks, simply because I have bought or have thought about buying these for my mother. The three stocks are: Church and Dwight (NYSE:CHD), McCormick and Co. (NYSE:MKC) and Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL). Statistics and descriptions form various sources including Yahoo!, MSN, and Standard and Poor's.

Church and Dwight: Church and Dwight is part of the Consumer Goods sector, it develops and manufactures household products such as Arm & Hammer and OxiClean. It is also known for consumer products like Trojan condoms and Nair. Currently, the stock trades at around $53. Some statistics about Church and Dwight are included below.

  • Has raised its dividend since 1996 (.07 to .68 cents) and has a yield of 1.8%.
  • Has an annual return of over 18% (dividends reinvested) since issuing dividends.
  • Revenues have increased from around $1 billion in 2002 to an estimate of about $2.85 billion for this year.

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McCormick and Co.: McCormick and Company is part of the Consumer Goods sector, it manufactures and distributes flavor products and other specialty food products to the food industry worldwide. It is known for herb and spice brands such as McCormick, Lawry's and Ducros. Currently, the stock trades at around $57. Some statistics about McCormick and Co. are included below.

  • Has raised its dividend since 1995 (.28 cents to $1.15) and has a yield of 2.2%.
  • Has an annual return of over 13% (dividends reinvested) since issuing dividends.
  • Revenues have increased from around $2 billion in 2002 to an estimate of about $4.05 billion for this year.

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Hormel Foods: Hormel Foods is part of the Consumer Goods sector; it produces and markets various meat and food products. In addition to meat products, it also offers nutritional food products and supplements. Currently, the stock trades at around $29.

  • Has raised its dividend since 1995 (.14 to .51 cents) and has a yield of 2.1%.
  • Has an annual return of over 13% (dividends reinvested) since issuing dividends.
  • Revenues have increased from around $3.9 billion in 2002 to an estimate of about $8.35 billion for this year.

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In conclusion, I believe that these three companies can continue to grow their earnings while raising their dividends on a consistent basis. As I have mentioned before, I have personally bought shares of both Church and Dwight and McCormick and Co. in my Mother's retirement account and I also personally hold Church and Dwight in my account.

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Source: 3 Stocks Good For Mom