defensive buy

Defensive Buy

An investment decision to buy stock in a publicly-traded company that is resistant to market downturn. Examples of these companies include those in the pharmaceutical and budget retail industries. Defensive buys are relatively low risk, low return stocks, and investors often enter long positions in them if they anticipate a market downturn.

defensive buy

A low-risk investment acquired for its resistance to major declines in market value. For example, an investor expecting a weak economic climate may buy stock in a pharmaceutical company or an electric utility.
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And it was a mixed day for tobacco stocks - a sector often considered to be a solid defensive buy.
The signing of Mensah looks set to be the last of Bruce's defensive buys, following the captures of Marcos Angeleri, Ahmed Al- Muhammadi and Titus Bramble.
PAYBACK TIME: Liverpool's record defensive buys over the years have included (clockwise from top left) Phil Babb, John Scales, Mark Lawtrenson, Andrea Dossena and Martin Skrtel
IT seems that Rafa is pretty solid in his defensive buys.
STEVE Bruce's defensive buys leave a lot to be desired.
McLaren isn't yet convinced with McLeish's other defensive buys this season and he is adamant the Andrews-Kyrgiakos partnership will be the most dependable tomorrow.