This economic downturn has left no sector or exchange traded fund (ETF) untouched. Even traditionally defensive areas of the market got eaten alive. But there are still corners of the market that are demonstrating potential while nearing short-term trend lines.

The Motley Fool on MSN Money suggests seven stocks that have managed to hold up relatively well in the recession. These are taken from CAPS data that have rated four and five star companies who have outperformed  the market and have higher than usual annualized gains.

Many of these stocks are components in ETFs, too, so there’s a way to get broader access to them.

  • Gilead Sciences (GILD), biotechnology; 6% of the SPDR S&P Biotechnology (XBI)