Ticker: SBUX
P/E: 21.8
Dividend yield: 1.5%

The coffee giant has lifted operating margins from 9.6% to 13.2%, and Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Kelter sees a link between its earnings and employment: More people going to work means more store traffic. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 478,000 in the first quarter, and Starbucks' earnings jumped 21%. If that continues, the stock will keep perking up.

Last updated May 26 2011: 6:54 AM ET

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