ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND COMPANY (ADM)
With a debt to equity ratio of .58, this consumer goods company is low and below the industry average, meaning ADM has managed their debt successfully in the past year as there has been constant recovery from the recession. While the gross profit margin is a low 4.7 percent for the company in 2012, it has grown an average of 4 percent every year if not more, meaning it is definitely a stock to hold onto for the long term, with little risk to your portfolio.
Investing in a fertilizer stock may not sound like a great proposition; that is until you smell the money. Due to the rising price of corn and tight food supply in China and India, the largest nations in the world, this fertilizer company is poised to boom in the coming years. There is also strange weather patterns in other parts of the worls that are further straining the supply of fertilizer, making this large producer of the product a real moneymaker. You can buy them for cheap right now and just watch and wait over thr coming years as it's demand begins to skyrocket.
As the world's number one supplier of comupter networking systems and components, Cisco Systems is always a profitable stock for the long term. While it doesn't necessarily make a large amount of profit from quarter to quarter, it always makes some profit, trading at 12.68 times earnings and yielding 2.97 percent. Over the past two decades, Cisco has averaged a 15.5 percent gain in share price and began paying dividends in 2011, raising it's payout twice in just two years. In other words, Cisco is a stock worth holding onto for at least a decade, if not more and is meant to be a solid investment in your portfolio.