Buy, Sell, or Hold: 3M

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and technology and media editor/analyst Andrew Tonner discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan and Andrew discuss whether 3M is a buy, sell, or hold. Brendan thinks 3M is a solid long-term buy-and-hold candidate because it continues to be a technological innovator and use its nearly $4 billion in free cash flow to pursue worthwhile acquisitions. The company's history of raising its dividend is another reason long-term investors should love this stock, and 3M's 20% operating margins are some of the best among its peers.

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At the time this article was published Andrew Tonner and The Motley Fool have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Brendan Byrnes owns shares of United Technologies.Motley Fool newsletter services recommend3M. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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