Five Stocks for the Next Ten Years -- Thanks, Jack!

In the final issue of SmartMoney, which Dow Jones is sadly folding, columnist Jack Hough identifies five companies he believes will pay off if you hold them for the next decade. They are Exxon Mobil (XOM), Abbot Laboratories (ABT), General Dynamics (GD), Western Union (WU) and Oracle (ORCL).

XOM Chart

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Why these? First, Hough likes their return on invested capital.

XOM Return on Invested Capital Chart

XOM Return on Invested Capital data by YCharts

He also likes their rising dividend payments.

XOM Dividend Chart

XOM Dividend data by YCharts

And he says they look attractive in terms of price to earnings.

XOM PE Ratio Chart

XOM PE Ratio data by YCharts

Are these the best stocks to hold until 2022? Agree or disagree, it's not a bad idea to compare his screen to any stocks you're planning to sit on for a while.

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