No matter what's going on in the market or a specific company's history, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.
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In the case of bellwether industrial giant General Electric
Diversified businesses: Many investors appreciate that GE brings in earnings from a broad range of industries. In its most recent quarter, most of its segments enjoyed earnings growth, including a 31% increase in its energy infrastructure division. While GE's finance unit suffered a 33% drop in earnings, this compares well to aftershocks from Goldman Sachs'
Top brand: Over the course of a century -- and then some -- GE has developed a strong reputation with consumers and investors as a high-quality company along the likes of Johnson & Johnson
Resilience: Nothing seems to boost investors' confidence more than a long legacy of success. Like 3M
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Fool contributor Dave Mock is looking for only one good reason to play hooky from work tomorrow. He owns shares of Johnson & Johnson and 3M. Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor selection. Microsoft and 3M are Inside Value recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy was still at the karaoke bar at 3 a.m. last night.