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The other one is to computershare

Some companies used to sell their own shares directly through
plans - but most have gone the route of having plan
administrators handle the programs and their dividend reinvestment

One upon a time DW and I bought shares of ten stocks to "learn"
about the market - most now have their plans administered through one
outfit or another.
There are quite a few companies that allow a purchaser to buy their
first shares directly.

The original list if I recall was XOM, CVX, DUK, SCG, F, BOBE, WEC,
MCD, WMT, PG, OKE, PFE plus Enron.
Our DRIPS have changed a bit but we still keep XOM, CVX, DUK, OKE, PG
and have added EMR, LB, CAT, HSY and CINF back when the market
tanked the last time (08 through 09).
We bought Enron as a utility - and learned a lot about the whys
and whens of selling through that one.
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