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Credit Suisse's 14 Ultimate Defensive Stock Picks

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Bayer (BAYRY)

Company Profile: The company is a German health-care and chemical conglomerate with revenue about evenly divided between the two segments. Health care includes pharmaceuticals, vitamins, blood glucose monitors and animal health products. The chemical side includes a crop-science business that includes pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, as well as a material-science segment that produces plastics, including polyurethane and polycarbonate.

2011 Return: down 18%

Dividend Yield: 2.76%

Pearson (PSO)

Company Profile: The U.K.-based company is a global publishing company with operations in education, business information and consumer publishing. It generates about 60% of its sales in the U.S. Pearson publishes The Financial Times, business magazines and owns a 61% stake in Interactive Data (IDC).

2011 Return: up 15.5%

Dividend Yield: 2.49%

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