BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- With crude oil costing more than $100 a barrel, the Middle East region on the brink and the Federal Reserve ending its bond-buying program soon, investors' sentiment has turned. Just yesterday, the S&P 500 fell 1.9% after jumping 24% since September. The following consumer-staples stocks -- shares of companies that produce goods needed to live -- are ranked highest by TheStreet's quantitative equity model.Of note: Several of the following stocks represent food-products companies, which are subject to higher costs due to the recent rise in commodity prices. Their ability to pass on increased prices to consumers, without affecting demand, varies on a case-by-case basis. TheStreet's stock model incorporates both fundamental and technical factors. The stocks are ordered by net score, from good to great.
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