By Dr. Carla Pasternak
As U.S. stocks posted the worst-ever start of the year and earnings season threatens to intensify the volatility, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. Select stocks that have held up well over the near-term, with strong earnings prospects, are worth considering when the dust settles.
These two picks, for example, saw double-digit gains even while the S&P 500 ($SPX) lost more than 3% in the past 18 months. Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) rallied 18% and iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (NYSE: REZ) over 20%.