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40 Defensive Stocks on Sale

These quality names are trading at 4- and 5-star levels.

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Economic growth slowed to 2% in the third quarter as consumer spending stalled. A clogged supply chain and continued inflation have some concerned about growth in the fourth quarter and beyond--and what that means for stocks. Of course, Morningstar isn’t in the business of predicting where the stock market is headed. Still, equities have been in rally mode for much of 2021: The Morningstar U.S. Markets Index is up more than 20% for the year to date through the end of October. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that playing a little defense right now might be a good idea.

Susan Dziubinski does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.