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Market Scramble: Wide moats wanted in unsteady times

Entrenched industry leaders stand best chance against volatility

Price-comparison website Kakaku.com is considered a "moat" stock.

TOKYO -- Stock investors are stashing their funds behind wide economic moats, turning to companies whose entrenched market presence can deter competitors and guard against the ravages of U.S. policy.

"The trampoline stock market has entered its second act," said Mari Iwashita, chief market economist at SMBC Friend Securities.

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