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Our Outlook for Consumer Defensive Stocks

As inflation becomes more pronounced, look to consumer defensive stocks for opportunities.

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  • Input cost inflation and subsequent pricing strategies are at the forefront for consumer defensive names.
     
  • With cash balances at multi-year highs, consolidation will remain a key theme in 2011.
     
  • We find more buying opportunities in consumer defensive stocks than discretionary names.

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R.J. Hottovy does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.