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Tiziano Frateschi
Tiziano Frateschi
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5 Popular Defensive Stocks

Costco tops the list

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener as of June 22, the following defensive companies are popular among gurus.

Bunge

Bunge Ltd. (BG) has a market cap of $5.78 billion. Its revenue has declined 1.5% over the past ten years.

The company is held by 11 gurus, including Louis Moore Bacon (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.08% of outstanding shares, the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.03% and Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies with 0.51%.

As of June 22, the stock was trading with a price-book ratio of 1.38. The share price of $40.63 was 31.89% below the 52-week high and 40.10% above the 52-week low. Over the past 10 years, the stock has lost 23%.

Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) has a market cap of $62.8 billion. Its revenue has declined 0.4% over the past ten years.

Among the 14 gurus invested in the company, Fist Eagle Investment is the largest shareholder with 1.46% of outstanding shares, followed by Renaissance Technologies with 0.82% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.20%.

As of June 22, the stock was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 25.04. The share price of $73.36 was 5.23% below the 52-week high and 25.42% above the 52-week low. Over the past decade, the stock has climbed 81%.

Costco

Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) has a market cap of $132 billion. Its revenue has increased 7.3% over the past 10 years.

The company is held by 18 gurus. The largest guru shareholder is Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s Berkshire Hathaway with 0.98% of outstanding shares, followed by Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.70% and Spiros Segalas (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.44%.

As of June 22, shares were trading with a price-earnings ratio of 35.87. The share price of $299.90 was 7.8% below the 52-week high and 28.68% above the 52-week low. Over the past decade, the stock has gained 420%.

New Oriental Education & Technology

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (EDU) has a market cap of $21.6 billion. Its revenue has increased 24.8% over the past 10 years.

Fifteen gurus hold the stock. With 4.28% of outstanding shares, Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) is the largest guru shareholder, followed by Renaissance Technologies with 1.48% and Chase Coleman (Trades, Portfolio)’s Tiger Global Management with 1.35%.

On June 22, the stock traded with a price-earnings ratio of 49.24. The share price of $136.90 was 3.85% below the 52-week high and 70.74% above the 52-week low. Since June 2010, the stock price has increased 453%.

Dollar General

Dollar General Corp. (DG) has a market cap of $47.5 billion. Its revenue has increased 8.7% over the past ten years.

Twelve gurus own the stock. The company’s largest guru shareholder is Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 1.48% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons’ firm with 0.46% and Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio)’s Point72 Asset Management with 0.33%.

On June 22, the share price of $188.78 was 3.11% below the 52-week high and 62.53% above the 52-week low. The stock was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 24.42. Over the past 10 years, the stock price has gained 553%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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