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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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There will be more defensive buys - Flipkart's aggression in the Jabong deal may have to do with denying Amazon and Snapdeal market share in fashion, a high margin category.
I think it could be announced and everything will be finalised by the middle of next week." 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.
Such a move would force WDH to make defensive buys, something that requires resources and would therefore have a negative impact on the company's earnings in the mid-term, Michael Friis Jorgensen at Alm Brand Markets told Borsen.
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.