Here are 30 stocks that Goldman Sachs likes when the economy stutters and markets gyrate

Wall Street is wobbling ahead of Tuesday’s open, as big earnings loom and with ample, gloomy distractions out there.

Fighting has ramped up again in Ukraine as the battle begins for the country’s eastern front. Apart from the tragic humanitarian crisis, the conflict is already causing the World Bank and others to cut their global growth forecasts.

Where to invest against such a volatile backdrop? Our call of the day from Goldman Sachs strategists offer up a group of equities they say can hold their in these uncertain times.

“Stable stocks –- those with low share price and earnings growth volatility -– typically outperform in environments of slowing economic growth and tightening financial conditions,” say a team led by Ben Snider and David Kostin in a note from late Monday.

After lagging dramatically against a strong global economic backdrop for the past two years, their stable stocks basket has outperformed the S&P 500 SPX,
-0.02%
by 5 percentage points over the past six months, with more “room to run,” they say.

Those stocks remain cheap, trading at a price / earnings premium of around 8% versus a 35-year average of 15%. During a similar batch of slowing growth and Fed tightening in 2018, the premium hovered at 20% for that group, they note.

“Despite recent outperformance, stable stocks do not appear to be pricing the slowdown suggested by recent industry rotations or our economists’ GDP forecasts,” said Goldman.

As for the stock names, their stable basket consists of 50 Russell 1000 RUI,
-0.13%
stocks with the most stable EBITDA growth over the past 10 years. Excluded are those whose biggest year-over-year earning fall in the past five years ranked in the bottom 10% of their sector. Stocks in the bottom 10% of their sector based on consensus 2023 EPS expectations are also excluded.

Below are roughly 30 of the 50 stocks Goldman listed:

Financials names include Marsh & McLennan MMC,
+ 0.41%,
Bank of New York BK,
-2.28%,
Nasdaq NDAQ,
-0.12%
and Northern Trust NTRS,
-0.44%,
while Sonoco Products SON,
-0.71%
is the sole materials stock. ResMed RMD,
-0.95%,
Amgen AMGN,
-0.82%,
Johnson & Johnson JNJ,
-1.25%
and Cerner CERN,
+ 0.01%
are among the healthcare names, Verisk Analytics VRSK,
-0.98%
and Waste Management WM,
-0.72%
for the industrials names and AmDocs DOX,
-0.42%,
CDW CDW,
-0.75%,
Oracle ORCL,
-1.55%,
Western Union WU,
-0.05%,
Paychex PAYX,
-0.69%
and VeriSign VRSN,
-0.97%
are within a huge batch of IT names.

Finally, the bank named American Tower AMT,
-0.64%
for real estate and Xcel Energy XEL,
-0.19%
for utilities.

The buzz

Netflix NFLX,
-0.96%
is in the earnings spotlight, with investors looking for a rebound from the streaming giant’s results, due after the market close. Ahead of that, Johnson & Johnson JNJ,
-1.25%
stock is down on disappointing results and Hasbro HAS,
-1.98%
also falling on earnings news. IBM IBM,
-0.31%
is also reporting late.

Plug Power PLUG,
-0.85%
shares are climbing on a liquid green hydrogen delivery deal with Walmart WMT,
-0.76%.

American Campus stock ACC,
-0.64%
is jumping on a WSJ report that Blackstone is close to a $ 12.8 billion deal for the biggest developer and owner of student housing in the US

United UAL,
-2.57%,
Southwest, American AAL,
-2.42%
Alaska Air ALK,
-0.46%,
Delta DAL,
-0.54%
and JetBlue JBLU,
-0.94%
are creeping higher after a judge in Florida struck down the national mask mandates for the transportation sector and those companies dropped mask mandates. There was cheering and jeering on some flights:

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said he would not rule out a 75-base point rate hike, with Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and Minneapolis’s Neel Kashkari due to speak Tuesday. Housing starts are ahead of that.

G20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in Washington later, with a focus on fallout for the global economy from the Ukraine war.

Russia has issued a new ultimatum to Ukrainian holdouts in Mariupol, as its forces launched a fresh attack on the eastern front of the country in what many see as a new phase of the war.

The markets

Stock futures YM00,
+ 0.09%

ES00,
+ 0.09%

NQ00,
+ 0.18%
were steady, while bond yields TMUBMUSD10Y,
2.885%

TMUBMUSD02Y,
2.477%
hold steady. Oil CL00,
-2.94%

BRN00,
-2.39%
and natural-gas prices NG00,
-5.68%
are down. Europe stocks SXXP,
-1.18%
are falling and Asia was mixed, with a 2% tumble for the Hang Seng HSI,
-2.28%,
led by tech despite a supportive move by China’s central bank. Elsewhere, the Japanese yen USDJPY,
+ 0.90%
keeps sliding and cryptos are bouncing back with bitcoin BTCUSD,
+ 0.58%
back over $ 40,000.

The chart

“While the close proximity in the timing between the first [Fed] hike and curve inversion perhaps points to a more truncated late-cycle period this time, the current cross-market setup does not point to a return to the correlation between curve flattening and subsequent bearish equity performance that existed during the late-1960s and through most of the 1970s, ”said a JPMorgan team led by Jason Hunter.

They see a likely floor for the index at 4,100 to 4,300, and “view the current price action as a consolidation related to the initial removal of accommodative monetary policy.”

The tickers

These were the most-searched tickers on MarketWatch as of 6 am Eastern Time:

Ticker

Security name

TSLA,
+ 1.96%

Tesla

GME,
-6.17%

GameStop

AMC,
-3.00%

AMC Entertainment

ATER,
+ 18.44%

Aterian

NIO,
-2.44%

NIO

TWTR,
+ 7.48%

Twitter

MULN,
-14.81%

Mullen Automotive

AAPL,
-0.13%

Apple

NVDA,
+ 2.47%

Nvidia

NILE,
+ 28.55%

Bitnile

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