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Although they aren't always considered as defensive as major consumer-staple stocks, such as Coca-Cola or Philip Morris, the stocks that cater to the high-end markets have proven to be resilient during tough economic times, while also excelling in a bustling economy. I've long felt that either either Tiffany (NYSE: TIF) or Coach (NYSE: COH) would be great buyout candidates.
And although it's a less favorite bet of mine, Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL) is still a solid company that's been expanding its portfolio nicely. What's best is that all three of these stocks have dwarfed the performance of the S&P 500 over the last five years.