Stock markets are still sinking! I’d buy these FTSE 100 dividend stocks to protect myself

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Royston Wild “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Stock markets are still sinking! I’d buy these FTSE 100 dividend stocks to protect myself I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. It stands to reason the coronavirus is dominating media attention right now. A surge in the infection rate has caused the FTSE 100 to reverse in Monday trading following a bubbly start earlier in the day.I recently explained why buying shares in defensive sectors like real estate is a good idea today. There are plenty of other flight-to-safety stocks on the Footsie that can help protect your stocks portfolio in turbulent times like these too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Take BAE Systems, for example. This is a share that’s lost 4% in value during February’s financial markets bloodbath. Compare this with the 10% decline that the broader FTSE 100 suffered last month.A safe-haven starJust as a high tide lifts all boats, the sort of investor panic we’ve seen of late can drag even safe-haven stocks through the floorboards. But this is a share which is too good to pass up at current prices. It trades on a forward P/E ratio of around 12.5 times and boasts a bulky 4% dividend yield for 2020.Companies of all shapes are warning on profits right now. From tech giant Apple to sportswear manufacturer Nike, to drinks maker Diageo and banking colossus HSBC to travel titan International Consolidated Airlines, the global coronavirus spread is whacking countless industries.Defence plays like BAE Systems are more resilient in tough times like these though. Without trying to sound cynical, humankind’s desire to wage war is eternal and can be relied upon to deliver broad long-term profits growth for armsbuilders.The tragic COVID-19 outbreak isn’t likely to adversely affect bulky defence budgets from key Western customers. There’s far too much fear about global terrorism, and increasingly-aggressive foreign and economic policy from major nations to derail weapons spending. A 7% improvement in BAE Systems’ revenues in 2019, to £20.1bn, is evidence of this.Meanwhile…If you don’t fancy BAE Systems though, United Utilities Group or National Grid are other great safe-haven shares for today. Even if coronavirus infection rates keep increasing in Britain. And even if the Brexit process damages the domestic economy in the long term, or broader global growth problems hit these shores. Electricity and water are two of those things that we simply cannot choose to do without.Water supplier United Utilities and power grid operator National Grid remain in good shape to keep growing earnings. They also have sole concession in the areas in which they operate, the former in the North West of England, and the latter on a nationwide basis, providing even more robustness to their earnings outlooks.Like BAE Systems, these firms’ share prices are up in otherwise difficult trading conditions on Monday. I expect them to keep outperforming broader share markets should current volatility persist. And what’s more, these utilities giants offer bulky yields of between 4.5% and 5% too. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royston Wild owns shares of Diageo. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Apple and Nike. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and HSBC Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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