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A: Medtronic plc, $100.85, symbol MDT on New York, (Shares outstanding: 1.3 billion; Market cap: $135.0 billion; www.medtronic.com), develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells a wide range of healthcare-related  devices and equipment. Based on revenue, the company is the world’s largest medical device provider.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. $133 (New York symbol IBM; Conservative Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 908.8 million; Market cap: $120.9 billion; Dividend yield: 4.7%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.ibm.com) is one of the world’s largest computer companies, with operations in over 175… Read More