To me the outlook on these four key variables -- Spain, interest rates, earnings, and employment -- is more negative than positive. Accordingly, I'm advising investors to take profits when the markets are rallying.
Secondarily, look into sectors that are more defensive and impervious to sentiment. I like telecom. Verizon (VZ - Get Report) just had an impressive earnings beat, and Bell Canada (BCE - Get Report) has a delicious 5.40% yield. I also like consumer discretionary ( Proctor & Gamble (PG - Get Report) is a favorite), and health care (we like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Get Report) and CVS (CVS - Get Report)).
As I have said before, go to the strong balance sheets and reliable revenue stream.
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