The 2018 U.S. Stock Market And 2017 Stocks

The year 2017 was a very good year for U.S. Stocks.  The S&P 500 Index had a yearly gain of 18.87%.  The major market indexes had 71 new high points for the year.

If you pay a fee or commission to a broker or money manager, you need to ask one very important question.  You should ask: ” How much did my investments increase in 2017? ” If your assets invested did not increase by 18.87% or more, then you are paying someone to underperform the market with your money ! About 70% of all mutual funds underperform the S&P 500 Index !

Looking at the data generated in the U.S. stock market in 2017, there were some stocks that greatly outperformed the S&P index and there were some stocks that greatly underperformed the S&P index.

I have a list of the top ten U.S. Stocks that increased in market value in 2017.  I list the stock by name first, then I list the ticker symbol, and then I list the stock’s increase in price as a percentage gain.  They are as follows: 1) Sangamo Therapeutics, SGMO, 450.0%.    2) Straight Path Communications, STRP, 401.8%,       3) Nektar Therapeutics, NKTR, 376.8%,       4) Immunomedics, IMMU, 337.5%,        5) Foundation Medicine, FMI, 286.8%,       6) Lending Tree, TREE, 284.7%,     7) Sage Therapeutics, SAGE, 277.3%,      8) ImmunoGen, IMGN, 221.2%,       9) Apollo Medical, AMEH, 220%, and 10) Puma Biotechnology, PBYI, 216.8%.

Of course, I could list the bottom ten U.S. Stocks that decreased in market value in 2017.   While I will not list them, be aware that they exist. Also remember that there is no computer program anywhere in the world that can predict with 100% accuracy what stocks will gain or lose in 2018!

I plan to publish my basic projections for the U.S. Markets in 2018 in another post that will soon follow.  For now, I can safely predict that some stocks will gain in value in 2018 and some stocks will lose in value in 2018.  You can count on it.

R. Van Conoley

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