As Recession Fears Grow, 15 Stocks to Survive a Stock Market Correction

Source: 1715d1db_3 / Getty Images

6. Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK), $90.50
> Industry: Utilities
> Yield: 4.15%
> 52-week range: $71.96 – $91.66
> Market cap: $66 billion

Duke Energy is one of America’s largest electric utilities by coverage and by market cap. It also provides gas and infrastructure services to consumers and organizations alike. It had roughly 7.6 million electricity customers in six states at last count. The company’s annual revenue is nearing $25 billion.

Source: Chris Hondros / Getty Images

7. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), $137.00
> Industry: Health and consumer products
> Yield: 2.6%
> 52-week range: $118.62 – $148.99
> Market cap: $360 billion

Household name Johnson & Johnson produces and markets not only consumer products, but also drugs and other medical products and devices, meaning it is diversified enough to withstand good times and bad. A recent wave of bad news relating to asbestos in talcum powder has kept a cloud over J&J, but the company has a long history of overcoming and surviving any hiccup that come its way. Revenues are expected to rise be close to 2% to almost $83 billion in 2019.

Source: Tim Boyle / Getty Images

8. Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), $122.00
> Industry: Consumer products
> Yield: 3.4%
> 52-week range: $97.10 – $123.50
> Market cap: $42 billion

Kimberly-Clark is one of the world’s best-known consumer brands companies, with products in personal care, tissues, soaps, paper towels, and so on, many of which familiar household names. Revenues have been flat, but shares performed well during much of the stock market malaise in late 2018 and again into 2019.

Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

9. McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD), $187.50
> Industry: Fast food
> Yield: 2.6%
> 52-week range: $146.84 – $190.88
> Market cap: $144 billion

The home of the Golden Arches has made major changes to its menu and food quality, and it has become as defensive as you can get for a fast food company. McDonald’s has made efforts to sell higher quality food to attract younger people, and it is still more than affordable as a place to feed a whole family.

Source: Erik S. Lesser / Getty Images

10. Merck & Co Inc. (NYSE: MRK) $82.00
> Industry: Pharmaceutical 
> Yield: 2.8%
> 52-week range: $52.83 – $83.45
> Market cap: $210 billion

The Big Pharma giant was the Dow’s top stock in 2018, with a gain of more than 35% on the year. While many pressures exist regarding drug prices and patent expirations, Merck’s reputation has been boosted by a strong pipeline of drugs, including the cancer treatment Keytruda. While the risks mentioned might put pressure on the stock, Merck more than proved it was a top defensive stock throughout 2018. Merck has continued to deliver upside in 2019.

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.