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6 Stocks to Buy for Trade War Protection

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Trade war tensions between the U.S. and China have only intensified over the past few months, causing a growing headache for investors. One day the market gains on optimism of a cease-fire between President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping. The next day, one or the other is threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of new goods.

The spat began quietly enough in January, when the U.S. imposed tariffs on imports of solar cells and washing machines. As the year has progressed, America has added steel and aluminum imports to the list, then tariffs on another $34 billion in Chinese goods more recently. Numerous threats have been made in between.

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But the volatility this has sparked in the stock markets is creating buying opportunities in many solid companies that don’t have as much to fear should the U.S. actually dive into a full-blown trade war.

Particularly attractive are companies that primarily do business within the U.S. Here, the economy is accelerating, consumer spending is strong, inflation is in check and the tax cuts passed in 2017 are heavily benefiting domestic companies. With that in mind, here are six stocks to buy if you’re looking for ways to grow your portfolio without worrying about a trade war.

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Data is as of July 24, 2018. Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

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