What 3M's Earnings Mean for You

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Today, 3M (NYS: MMM) reported earnings of $1.65 per share, up about 9% year over year as a result of its reduced share count, higher operating margins, and reduced SG&A expenses. The company emphasizes that even with the difficult economy, it will continue to invest overseas for big future growth. Fool.com analyst Blake Bos encourages investors to look into "Drip Plans" with companies such as 3M, General Electric (NYS: GE) , Du Pont (NYS: DD) , and Tyco (NYS: TYC) , because of their large dividend payouts.

For GE, the recent financial crisis struck a blow, but management took advantage of the market's dip to make strategic bets in energy. If you're a GE investor, you need to understand how these bets could drive this company to become the world's infrastructure leader. At the same time, you need to be aware of the threats to GE's portfolio. To help, we're offering comprehensive coverage for investors in a premium report on General Electric, in which our industrials analyst breaks down GE's multiple businesses. You'll find reasons to buy or sell GE, and you'll receive continuing updates as major events unfold during the year. To get started, click here now.

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