3 Defensive Stocks for 2012

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which John Reeves and David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, they discuss the tough economic environment and how investors might protect their portfolios in 2012. Dave offers up three defensive stock ideas. He also discusses three companies he'd steer clear of in current conditions.

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