We know you've been frustrated with the stock market lately. That's why we decided to try to give you some relief -- by looking at a list of nine stocks that might be best able to weather the current troubles in the economy and stay profitable for investors.
After laying out our case, we asked our Motley Fool CAPS community to chime in with their thoughts. They've spoken, and so it's time to see which stocks will get shareholders through the tough times.
A diamond in the rough
CAPS players picked deepwater driller Diamond Offshore Drilling
But while our CAPS community gave an energy play the No. 3 spot, the top two places went to more traditional defensive plays during an economic slowdown. Sectors like consumer staples and health care often hold up best during a recession -- and even once things pick up, the cream of the crop may continue to shine.
No gamble with Procter
Our second-place finisher earns the top spot at my house, as Procter & Gamble
Yet the story doesn't stop at the border. Although P&G may seem like a purely defensive play, there's a whole new world of emerging markets chomping at the bit to turn increasing economic prosperity into a higher standard of living. As fellow Fool Alex Dumortier observed, a strong history of performance for shareholders shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
And our winner is …
The title of best recession-proof stock goes to Johnson & Johnson
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