8 Great Stocks for 2010

Our picks are packaged for success in any kind of market.

A doozy of a recession may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean stocks are out of the woods. Creeping inflation, high unemployment, sluggish consumer demand and still-unsettled credit markets are only a few of the concerns that remain. Just in case this recovery hits a bump or two, it’s smart to own stocks with good shock absorbers -- strong balance sheets, good cash flow and dominant positions in their markets. Generous dividends don’t hurt, either.

The following eight stocks should catch a brisk tailwind from a rising market. And even if tailwinds turn to headwinds, we think all eight will keep moving forward. (Share prices are as of the market’s close on November 6.)

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Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance