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(PAUL SAKUMA/AP)

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Hormel a great play on any kind of Armageddon

How is this for a defensive stock: the company that makes the food you will be eating as you sit in the bomb shelter waiting for Armageddon? Spam; canned chilli, beef stew, and hash; assorted cured meats; microwavable side dishes. Not for the gourmet, perhaps, but Hormel offers perfectly palatable ways to greet the end of days.