NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With market volatility on the rise and the health of the global macroeconomic outlook in question, many investors are looking for a safe haven. Small- and mid-caps are typically among the more speculative types of equities, but even within this universe of stocks, we can find names whose qualities provide some defensive characteristics. Here are three companies worth checking out. First up is Healthcare Services Group ( HCSG). The company is a leading provider of housekeeping, laundry, linen and food services to the long-term care industry and is a high-quality growth play with impressive defensive characteristics.