Coca-Cola Offers Growth and Protection

After the market's robust gains this year and its recent choppiness, we're still looking to play offense. We are, however, trying to balance the portfolio with some stocks that are poised for gains over time, but which should be pretty defensive if the recent selloff continues.

Coca-Cola (KO) is one name that we like for such a scenario. The company came through the 2008/2009 recession relatively unscathed. Revenues and earnings did take a slight dip down during the worst of this tumultuous period, but the iconic franchise was never in trouble and quickly rebounded. Management continued to invest in core brand building and global expansion. To its great credit, KO exited the bad times a stronger organization than it was previously....392 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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