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Sunday Research: A Look at Top Performing Stocks & ETFs

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Sunday Research: A Look at Top Performing Stocks & ETFs




I’ve been collecting data on some of the top performing stocks on Wall St.

I do this to test some of the best stocks for growth and dividends.

It’s nice to research some emerging markets like Solar Power and Drone Technology, but it’s of vital importance to have a core group of stocks that will continue to perform through good times as well as hard times.

This core group of stocks could form the foundation for a great investment portfolio.

Some Top Performing Stocks

Here are some top performing stocks that I might own, or plan to own in the near future, based on their YTD performance on the stock market.

1

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

Dividend Yield: 2.44%
Annual Dividend: $4.04

Even though this is fast food, don’t count it out just yet, as many people are trying to eat healthier. McDonald’s offers convenience, fast service, and their offering healthier options these days. And they’re competing directly with coffee companies such as Starbucks (SBUX) and Dunkin Donuts (DNKN).

MCD

2

Boeing Corporation (BA)

Dividend Yield: 2.21%
Annual Dividend: $5.68

Let’s face it. Boeing scored big contracts in Saudi Arabia, thanks in part to the Trump administration. And so did other defense contractors as well. Year-to-date, Boeing stock is up 64.74%, so it’s had a big banner year, and their 10 year chart looks consistently amazing as well.

BA

3

Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)

Dividend Yield: 2.26%
Annual Dividend: $3.12

Another stock that’s been doing great this year is Caterpillar, most likely riding on the Trump administrations aims at infrastructure and industrial growth. The company has struggled in the past, but this year the stock is up 45.07% YTD.

CAT

4

SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY)

Dividend Yield: 1.92%
Annual Dividend: $4.94

SPY is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that tracks the S&P 500 index. It is one of the top ETFs to invest in on the stock market, and is very similar in performance to some of the best Mutual Funds. The good thing about ETFs is that they perform like Mutual Funds but can be bought and sold at will, so is highly liquid.

SPY

5

IShares North American Tech (IGM)

Dividend Yield: 0.59%
Annual Dividend: $0.98

IGM is another ETF that tracks an index of North American stocks. Not as popular as SPY, but if tracking the performance of North American tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, IBM and Alphabet is your thing, this is a good one to invest in.

IGM

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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