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7 Defensive Stocks That Are Crushing The Market

Mark Kolakowski

There's been a dramatic shift in investor behavior recently, vaulting defensive sectors such as telecom and consumer staples into market leaders, while relegating tech stocks to laggard status, The Wall Street Journal reports. This is happening even as several major stock indexes have risen to new record highs. "There's been a natural inclination towards more defensive sectors," says Michael Arone, managing director and chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. As investors react to new market highs by anticipating a potential selloff, they have propelled the shares of "safety stocks" such as The Coca-Cola Co. ( KO), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. ( WBA).