11. PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP), $109.50
> Industry: Beverages
> Yield: 3.4%
> 52-week range: $95.94 – $122.51
> Market cap: $154.4 billion
Pepsi is perhaps even more diversified than rival Coca-Cola because it has that giant snack food business on top of its carbonated beverages, water, and other drinks. The company is more than 100 years old and revenues are expected to increase by about 3% to roughly $66.5 billion in 2019.
12. Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), $90.50
> Industry: Consumer products
> Yield: 3.2%
> 52-week range: $70.73 – $96.90
> Market cap: $225.0 billion
Being the world’s largest consumer products company and selling soap, shampoo, diapers, and dozens of other recession-proof items seems to have its positives. Sales are expected to rise by 3% to almost $69 billion in 2019.
13. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), $57.00
> Industry: Telecommunications
> Yield: 4.2%
> 52-week range: $46.09 – $61.58
> Market cap: $236.4 billion
By not taking the same extreme acquisition path as rival AT&T, Verizon is now considered much more defensive as it remains a pure-play among the top domestic cellular phone carriers. Verizon keeps hiking up its dividend each year, and it has an expected revenue growth of 1% in 2019 to $132 billion.
14. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), $98.00
> Industry: Retail
> Yield: 2.2%
> 52-week range: $81.78 – $109.98
> Market cap: $284.9 billion
With a retail climate disrupted by Amazon and other online competition, Walmart has the lead in brick-and-mortar stores by miles. it is also targeting online sales, pick-up, and delivery. The company is now facing less pressure about wages and work conditions, and sales are expected to grow by almost 3% and reach nearly $530 billion in fiscal 2019.
15. Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), $45.50
> Industry: Tobacco
> Yield: 6.8%
> 52-week range: $45.24 – $71.86
> Market cap: $85.5 billion
Altria has been considered to be a top defensive stock for decades, but it has been listed last for 2019 defensive stocks due to its very poor stock performance in 2018. Big Tobacco is still considered a key defensive industry when stock market volatility gets in the way. With investments into legalized marijuana, vaping, biotech, and chewing tobacco, Altria is planning to be in business in the decades ahead — even as the number of combustible cigarette smokers shrinks.