Stocks to Buy Now: Two Intoxicating Recession-Proof Plays

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As you look for stocks to buy now, it's as simple as watching the behavior around you...

For example, you might feel like the fiscal cliff, devastation from Superstorm Sandy and more gridlock in Washington is enough to drive you to drink.

And millions of people are doing just that.

Even in the worst of times, alcoholic beverage companies continue to generate rock-steady revenues and surging profits -- no matter what the rest of the market is doing.

Truth is, not many people will give up their nightly rituals, even if times are tough. During the Great Recession, booze purveyors have been particularly resilient, making them good stocks to buy ahead of slow growth in 2013.

Over the last five years, the S&P 500 has returned less than 1.2% annually. By contrast, a Wine, Beer, and Spirits Folio focused on the sector returned 9.1% per year.

Better yet, beer, wine and liquor makers are one of the few industries that have been able to raise prices, according to an industry report by Value Line.

To cash in on this trend, consider the stocks of these two stalwart beverage companies.

Stocks to Buy: This Bud's For You

After pounding a couple pints of your favorite beer, the stresses of modern day society just seem to fade away.Based on Anheuser-Busch InBev's NV (ADR NYSE: BUD) performance over the years, the world is doing just that.

BUD is the world's largest brewing company, with a market cap of $132 billion. The giant produces more than 200 beer brands, including number one seller Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Beck's and has over 20% of overall market volume.

Created in 2008 when InBev agreed to buy Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion,the conglomerate has sales and operations in over 130 countries.

BUD shares have been racking up gains ever since they debuted in 2009, climbing from a low of $36 a share to an all-time high of $90.27 on Oct. 5, 2012.

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