defensive stock

Defensive Securities

Low-risk securities, especially stocks in companies relatively unaffected by business cycles. In times of market downturn, investors tend to seek defensive securities to provide a steady rate of return, or at least to lose less money than the market as a whole. Examples include stocks in utility companies and the health care industry.

defensive stock

A stock that is resistant to general stock market declines. Stocks of electric utilities, gold and silver producers, and some consumer goods companies are considered defensive. Although defensive stocks resist downturns, they generally move up more slowly than other stocks during bull markets.
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As a result, the company runs the risk of earning negative free cash flow for the second consecutive year and losing status of the "defensive stock" in generating universe.
Also, while timing a bet on a defensive stock can be tricky, even picking the shares which in that category may be becoming more difficult than it first appears.
Clark says the company is now the established industry leader: "eBay has proven that it's a defensive stock. They did very well, even in the worst of times.
shares as a defensive stock that will continue to post good earnings growth in a slow economy expected this year.
The analyst moved Chubb (CB) to his top pick for 2019 in Insurance - Property & Casualty, which he notes is an "out of consensus view." Chubb is a "very defensive stock, significantly outperforming both the S&P 500 and the P&C sector during financial crisis in 2008," Naklicki tells investors in a research note.
Vodafone, another defensive stock, gained 1.5 percent, adding 5.9 points to the index, after a report that AT&T made an offer for Spanish peer Telefonica.
Mail on Sunday: Tobacco giant Imperial Tobacco (1949p) is a defensive stock which should weather the economic storm better than most.
If investors were shell-shocked last year when Dale Bryant, founder and portfolio manager of The Bryant Group, a money management firm in New York City, offered up defensive stock picks to fend off market volatility, they might be feeling a bit better if they followed his strategy.
This is fairly balanced from her, though the reaffirmation of gradual tightening near-term may not sit well with the already defensive stock market.
It should be a much more defensive stock than the other super majors because the trading business is driven by volatility of metal prices, not the absolute level.
Among Russian banking names, we favor shares in Sberbank, as the most defensive stock in the Russian banking universe.
Aramex, once considered a strong defensive stock, still finds favour with a few analysts, though not all.