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George Soros is a billionaire fund manager making billions every year. Soros has also been a very successful currency trader and investor. He became known as “Man Who Broke the Bank of England” in 1992 when he bet big against pounds sterling. Soros founded his hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, in 1969.

Below we compiled a list of 15 George Soros stocks that are relatively defensive because they have Total Debt / Equity ratio of below 0.85 and beta of lower than 1.5 (market data is sourced from Finviz).

Company

Ticker

Value (x1000)

Total Debt/Equity

YTD Return

Beta

EXAR CORP

EXAR

42200

0.01

-0.1748

0.54

A T & T INC

T

53664

0.58

0.0138

0.64

THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC

TMO

60340

0.26

-0.0815

0.85

DANAHER CORP

DHR

83803

0.4

-0.0923

0.9

ORBITAL SCIENCES

ORB

74154

0.21

-0.2592

1.03

COMCAST Corp.

CMCSA

42317

0.85

0.0148

1.03

BLACKBOARD

BBBB

123465

0.5

0.0792

1.07

ACACIA RESEARCH

ACTG

57033

0

0.4395

1.21

FEDEX Calls

FDX

57859

0.11

-0.2526

1.21

APPLE Calls

AAPL

70491

0

0.2308

1.26

MICROSTRATEGY

MSTR

57442

0

0.364

1.3

STANLEY BLACK & DECKER

SWK

37106

0.49

-0.2169

1.37

WESTERN DIGITAL

WDC

36193

0.05

-0.2032

1.38

PETROBRAS

PBR

37524

0.41

-0.3798

1.4

POLO RALPH LAUREN

RL

131895

0.1

0.3001

1.41

CERADYNE

CRDN

74965

0.12

-0.1243

1.43

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T): AT&T Inc. is a provider of telecommunications services in the United States and worldwide. T has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.58 and a beta of 0.64. It was recently traded at $28.83 and has a dividend yield of 6.02%. It has a market cap of $169B, a P/E ratio of 8.65 and gained 1.38% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $54 million in the stock. Jim Simons also invested $95 million in T shares (see Jim Simons’ top stock picks).

DANAHER Corp. (NYSE:DHR): Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial products and services. DHR has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.4 and a beta of 0.9. It was recently traded at $43.53 and has a dividend yield of 0.23%. It has a market cap of $29.3 million, a P/E ratio of 14.7 and lost 9.23% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $84 million in the stock. David Blood, Miguel Nogales, and Al Gore invested $129 million in DHR.

COMCAST Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCSA): Comcast is a provider of video, high-speed Internet and phone services CMCSA has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.85 and a beta of 1.03. It was recently traded at $22 and has a dividend yield of 2.05%. It has a market cap of $60.5B, a P/E ratio of 16.06 and lost 1.48% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $42 million in the stock. Boykin Curry and John Paulson both had over $500 million invested in CMCSA shares (check out Paulson’s top stock picks).

FEDEX Corp. (NYSE:FDX): FedEx provides transportation, e-commerce and business services. FDX has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.11 and a beta of 1.21. The stock was recently traded at $70.22 and has a dividend yield of 0.75%. It has a market cap of $1.6B, a P/E ratio of 59.27 and lost 43.95% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $57 million in the call options of FDX. Mason Hawkins had $761 million of FDX stocks.

STANLEY BLACK & DECKER Inc. (NYSE:SWK): Stanley Black & Decker is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions. SWK has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.49 and a beta of 1.37. The stock was recently traded at $70.22 and has a dividend yield of 0.75%. It has a market cap of $8.7B, a P/E ratio of 14.29 and lost 21.69% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $37 million in SWK. John W. Rogers also invested $124 million in SWK stocks.

PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA PETROBRAS (NYSE:PBR): Petrobras is a Brazilian integrated oil and gas company. PBR has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.41 and a beta of 1.4. The stock was recently traded at $23.66 and has a dividend yield of 0.68%. It has a market cap of $152B, a P/E ratio of 5.93 and lost 37.98% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $37.5 million in the stock. Sandy Nairn and Jean-Marie Eveillard both had over $200 million of PBR (check out Eveillard’s top stock picks).

POLO RALPH LAUREN Corp. (NYSE:RL): Ralph Lauren Corporation is engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of products, including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings. RL has a total debt to equity ratio of 0.1 and a beta of 1.41. The stock was recently traded at $137.8 and has a dividend yield of 0.56%. It has a market cap of $13.3B, a P/E ratio of 22.26 and returned 30.01% since the beginning of this year. Soros invested $132 million in the stock. Stephen Mandel invested more than $500 million in RL stocks.

Source: George Soros's 15 Favorite Defensive Stock Picks