Zen and the Art of Investing: 3 Stocks That Have Rallied in 2011

The more I study the stock market, the more I see the overall growth in the long run.

In the past week, we’ve seen the stock market as a whole plummet for 7 consecutive days straight.

Then yesterday, on Cyber Monday and the first work day after the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, the stocks rallied back big time, and are somewhat trying to maintain the rally today.

Despite the high volatility of recent years since the Financial Crisis of 2008, many stocks have continued to rise, a few not even affected by the Wall Street crash that hit the stock market in the Fall of 2008.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

CNBC Chart (MCD)

Although many people frown upon the fast food industry, McDonald’s Corporation is the top fast food chain in the world. Go to any foreign country and you will see McDonald’s restaurants wherever you go. And in 2011, MCD stock continued to rally and is still going strong. And, MCD gives its shareholders a great quarterly dividend if you plan on investing on the stock as an income stock.

Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)

CNBC Chart (ISRG)

ISRG is another stock that has experienced a good rally in 2011. In recent years it has grown immensely from $191 in 2007 to just under $450 in 2011. Despite it’s high volatility, the stock climbs through the years.

Intuitive Surgical manufactures the Da Vinci surgical robot, which is one of the cutting edge advancements in medical technology.

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

CNBC Chart (SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation is the top retail restaurant that specializes in coffee products. There was a time when SBUX stocks tanked, and the company had to close thousands of stores and layoff thousands of employees. But since the Stock Market Crash of 2008, SBUX stock has bounced back, and the stock continues to rally in 2011. This is probably partly due to their recent 40th anniversary campaign, but the company had bounced back after CEO Howard Schultz regained his position as CEO in January 2008.

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Carlos Rull

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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