Safe Stock-Picking in a Scary Market
The market rollercoaster shows no signs of becoming more predictable, as tech stocks lose ground and a Federal Reserve official says that a recession may be unavoidable.
What's an investor to do? CNBC heard from expert strategists about where to put your money.
Old King Coal
"Keep in mind, overseas, that last year, China added around 96,000 megawatts of coal-fired power plants. That's equivalent to about 31 percent of the entire U.S. coal power fleet. ...We like Consol Energy . It's the largest in the Appalachians, and it's probably the best-positioned company to export coal out of the east coast of the U.S."
Paul Forward of Stifel, Nicolaus
Forward also recommends Peabody Energy and Massey Energy.
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"Global infrastructure investing is going to be $30 trillion over the next 20 years ... The thing about Mueller Water Products is, a lot of its construction is for residential development, and, obviously, there's nothing going on there. But sooner or later, municipalities are going to have to invest in their water resources, especially because water is becoming such a scarce resource. Where are they going to go? Mueller."
-Bob Frick, senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
Frick also likes El Paso and Macquarie Infrastructure Company Trust.
"In a challenging growth environment, in a challenging earnings environment, names that are more likely to be able to defend some rate of earnings growth are probably where people want to look right now."
That points investors toward large-cap, globally-diversified growth stocks.
-Stephen Wood of Russell Investments
Wood recommends McDonald's and Google.