The market continues to struggle to break and close above the 1422 highs on the S&P 500 established back in April. As a result, there's reason for some concern, and if the bulls continue to squander the opportunity, you'll likely want to move your portfolio from the high-beta plays to more defensive plays. 

As a result I've put together a list of stocks that I believe, in the even that we take a dive lower, will weather the storms quite nicely. Each of these stocks also have attractive growth stories to them and despite some of the indecision of late by the markets, they have managed to increase their gains nonetheless. 

Here's the 16 Defensive stock playstrenches

16 Defensive Stock Plays 

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