Kensho: Finding stocks for today's strange economy

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

This week we will learn just how strange the economic picture is right now because of conflicting signals on growth and unemployment. How do investors find stocks that will win in this rare environment?

According to a widely followed tracking forecast from the Atlanta Federal Reserve on Monday, the U.S. economy may grow at a paltry 0.6 percent annual pace in the first quarter. And a Labor Department report Friday is likely to show that the unemployment rate remained at a very respectable 4.9 percent.

This combination of poor economic growth, but a strong jobs picture has not occurred often. But analytics tool Kensho did unearth some times when these conditions did exist at the same time and certain stocks did do well.

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