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The 9 Best Stocks of America’s Last Bear Market

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It’s official. The Nasdaq Composite has waded all the way into bear-market territory, now down 20% from its late-September peak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index aren’t far behind.

Whether the fourth-quarter selloff is merited doesn’t entirely matter. If the crowd believes the rout suffered over the course of the past three months is the shape of things to come, stocks will lose more ground as investors create the very bear market they fear. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But here at the precipice of seeing the market’s condition shift from bad to worse, remember: Not all stocks have to lose ground, even if the tide is going out. One only has to look at the nine big stocks that managed to gain ground between October 2007 and March 2009 – America’s last bear market – to appreciate that some companies have staying power even in rough environments.

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Here are nine S&P 500 stocks that actually gained in the face of the 2007-09 bear market. Notice in all nine cases, there was something unique about these organizations that shielded them from the full impact of economic woe. And in some cases, they still look properly positioned to fight off another bear attack.

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Data is as of Dec. 24, 2018.

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