Top Defensive Plays, Low-Beta Beauties

With equity markets wobbling, S&P thinks investors should move toward stocks with low volatility and high dividend yields

During the week of July 23, just a few days after the Dow Jones industrial average established an all-time high above the 14,000 level, U.S. equity markets declined and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index slumped 4.9%. All 10 sectors in the "500" posted declines, and only two of its 130 subindustries advanced: Internet Retail (+11.0%) and Household Products (+1.1%).

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