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    The First Cut: Defensive Growth

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    Concerns over a slowing economy coupled with inflation have some investors rotating to more defensive non-cyclical industries. Companies in these defensive industries supply consumer staples that individuals need to buy during both good and bad times, including food, beverages, personal and household products, and even tobacco and liquor. In contrast, the sale of products such as autos, appliances, and even apparel tends to be more sensitive to personal income and interest rates.

    This issue’s First Cut seeks stocks in the consumer non-cyclical sector that are trading with PEG ratios below the norm for their industry, while exhibiting price momentum over the last six months greater than the norm for their industry. The top 30 stocks with the lowest PEG ratio made the First Cut.

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