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Rising STARS in Consumer Staples

Standard & Poor's latest screen finds four companies in the recession-resistant sector that have been upgraded to its top investment rankings

Where should equity investors focus in tricky economic times? S&P Equity Strategy currently has overweight recommendations on 3 of the 10 S&P 1500 sectors: consumer staples, health care, and utilities.

Of the three, consumer staples may be the most widely recognized as a classic defensive play. With that in mind, we screened for those stocks recently upgraded by S&P analysts to the two highest rungs in our Stock Appreciation Ranking System, or STARS: 4 STARS (buy) or 5 STARS (strong buy).