Ticker: MCD
P/E: 15.7
Dividend yield: 3.0%

The global burger titan has raised operating margins and is a steady performer during tough times. Alliance Bernstein notes that McDonald's pays out 65% of its earnings as dividends, and its bonds are viewed as rock solid, which means the company could increase its dividend if the economy stumbles again.

Last updated May 26 2011: 6:54 AM ET

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