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Are branded consumables dead in the water, or will companies making them see a resurgence? After lagging the market for several years, some well-known brands are starting to show signs of life. Combine that with strong international opportunity, and they could be the stocks to help anchor -- and build -- your portfolio in this choppy market.

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