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3 Defensive Dividend Shares

Beating The S&P With Defensive Dividend Stocks By Double Dividends. This summer has been a stormy season for stocks, with volatility surging and triple-digit price swings becoming all too common. Finding winners has been a difficult task, with only a few market components holding up well, most notably solid Utilities dividend paying stocks. The Utilities sector is the sector leader year to date, and has also outperformed the S&P consistently this year. Institutional buyers have increased their holdings over the past quarter, using these low beta stocks to defend their portfolios: