Shares of 3M (NYSE:MMM) have returned 21% so far this year to outpace the market and this consistent company still has a few things going for it. Ninety-six straight years of dividends, strong exposure to international markets, and a renewed focus on R&D are reasons investors can get excited about this stock. Fool analyst Travis Hoium sat down to go over the biggest reasons to buy this stock. 

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