A version of this article was published in the February 2016 issue of Morningstar ETFInvestor. Download a complimentary copy of ETFInvestor by visiting the website.
U.S. consumer staples stocks performed well in 2015. In aggregate, this defensive sector returned nearly 7%, as measured by the performance of Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP). This was meaningfully higher than the S&P 500’s 1.3% return. In general, consumer staples companies tend to outperform during recessionary periods and, to a lesser extent, in late-cycle periods.
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