5 Stocks to Move to Now If You Fear a Total Market Crash

McDonald’s posted solid third-quarter results that beat estimates, with global comparisons up a strong 4.2%. The only blemishes were U.S. company and franchise margins, which the company attributed to depreciation and amortization expense and labor productivity pressures.

Shareholders receive a 2.67% dividend. The $200 Merrill Lynch price target compares with a $190.96 consensus target. The shares traded Friday at $173.50.


This remains a leading health care stock pick for conservative investors. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) offers therapeutic and preventive agents to treat cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, asthma, nasal allergy symptoms, allergic rhinitis, chronic hepatitis C virus, HIV-1 infection, fungal infections, intra-abdominal infections, hypertension, arthritis and pain, inflammatory, osteoporosis, male pattern hair loss and fertility diseases.

The company also provides neuromuscular blocking agents for use in surgery, anti-bacterial products for skin and skin structure infections, cholesterol modifying medicines, non-sedating antihistamine and vaginal contraceptive products. The company reported solid third-quarter result, with Keytruda and Gardasil sales driving growth and leading the way.

Shareholders receive a 3.23% dividend. Merrill Lynch has set its price target at $79. The consensus target is $77.93, and shares traded at $69.80 on Friday.

Verizon Communications

This top telecommunications company offers tremendous value. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is a global leader in delivering the digital world. Verizon Wireless operates America’s self-described most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and it delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

The company reported better-than-expected third-quarter results as the wireless carrier’s fundamentals came in ahead of expectations. Postpaid phone net additions of more than 295,000 were the highlight in the quarter.

Investors receive a 4.32% dividend. The Merrill Lynch price target is $58. The consensus target is $57.79, and the stock traded Friday at $56.10.

These five companies all provide goods or services that will still be in big demand regardless of what the stock market does. They all provide safety, solid growth potential and, best of all, reliable dividends, which can soften the blow if the market does take a big dive.

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