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US Stock Market performance
Year-to-Date:
6%
Performance of key stock market segments:-

China [0.78%], Euro [0.21%], Bonds [0.07%], Europe [-0.11%], US Dollar [-0.14%], Emerging Markets [-0.31%], US Large Cap [-0.33%], Gold [-0.74%], Oil [-0.79%], US Small Cap [-0.81%], US Mid Cap [-0.82%], India [-1.19%],

Best short term trends of key asset classes
(rated 0 [bearish] to 100 [bullish]):-

China [100], Oil [73], Bonds [65], Euro [50], US Dollar [50], Gold [50], India [48], Emerging Markets [38], Europe [25], US Small Cap [25], US Mid Cap [25], US Large Cap [10],


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 Best Performing Stocks
The top ten stocks.
Here, in this section, we quickly review the best performing stocks year to date. Then, we take a deep dive into today's stock market for best investing opportunities.

First, let us take a look at the top ten performers year to date in the S&P 100 index (this contains most popular and commonly held US stocks). The top ten leaders so far this year are Sprint Nextel [145%], Regions Financial [70%], Gilead Sciences [66%], Bank of America [65%], Apple [56%], Comcast [53%], Allstate [51%], Home [44%], Weyerhaeuser Co [44%], Amazon.com [40%].

Among the technology heavy Nasdaq 100 index, the leaders so far this year are Sears Holdings [89%], Expedia [88%], Seagate Technology [76%], Illumina [68%], Gilead Sciences [66%], Vertex Pharmaceuticals [61%], eBay [58%], Apple [56%], Comcast [53%], Virgin Media [44%].

The larger stock market universe can be broken down into large cap, mid cap and small cap based on market capitalization.

Large cap stocks provide stability and we look for companies with good earnings growth. The best large cap stocks year to date are Tenet Healthcare [361%], Regeneron Pharmaceuticals [172%], Sprint Nextel [145%], Gap [97%], Expedia [88%], Seagate Technology [76%], Sherwin-Williams [69%], Gilead Sciences [66%], SunTrust Banks [66%], .

Midcap stocks typically provide a great combination of growth and stability. The best midcap stocks are Flagstar Bancorp [2431%], Beazer Homes [581%], Dynegy [550%], Arena Pharmaceuticals [388%], Pharmacyclics [342%], Mellanox Technologies [218%], Lumber Liquidators [173%], PulteGroup [147%], Ocwen Financial [145%], AOL [144%].

Small cap stocks have high risk but also provide opportunities for strong growth and profitability. The best small cap stocks are Orexigen rapeutics [272%], Broadwind Energy [209%], Headwaters [200%], Xenoport [180%], American Vanguard [156%], Feihe [152%], Hovnanian Enterprises [146%], Kimball [145%], Array BioPharma [135%], Smith & Wesson Holding [133%].

For detailed analysis and more best performing stocks, jump to our guides below -

  Top performing US Large Cap Stock List

  Top Performing US Mid Cap Stock List

  Top Performing US Small Cap Stock List
BEST LARGECAP STOCKS
(Year-To-Date)
TENET HEALTHCARE: 361.4%
REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS: 171.93%
SPRINT NEXTEL: 144.87%
GAP : 97.16%
EXPEDIA : 88.3%
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY: 75.99%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS: 68.84%
GILEAD SCIENCES: 65.99%
SUNTRUST BANKS: 65.83%
BANK OF AMERICA: 64.62%
NEXEN : 63.58%
DISCOVER FINANCIAL: 62.98%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS: 61.19%
LLOYDS BANKING: 59.87%
EBAY : 57.76%
APPLE : 56.15%
TIME WARNER: 55.57%
ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS: 55.51%
AGRIUM : 54.79%
TATA MOTORS: 54.15%
TERADATA : 53.76%
COMCAST : 53.23%
AMERICAN : 52.84%
SIRIUS XM: 52.75%
 
         
Best Performing Stocks of the Day
The Top Performers of Dow Jones 30 Stocks from Last Trading Session:-

Boeing Co [1.44%], Hewlett-Packard [1.12%], Wal-Mart Stores [1.07%], Business [0.99%], Home [0.93%], Microsoft [0.86%], Cisco Systems [0.79%], Walt Disney [0.50%], Merck [0.37%], Coca-Cola [0.31%], McDonalds [0.16%]    For more detailed view ..

The Top Performers of S&P 500 from Last Trading Session:-

CarMax [4.16%], Ecolab [4.04%], Hasbro [3.94%], Dell [3.64%], Helmerich & Payne [2.78%], Teradata [2.18%], Mattel [2.16%], Dean Foods [2.12%], MetroPCS Communications [2.06%], Norfolk Sourn [2.00%], Comcast [1.85%], First Solar [1.80%], CH Robinson [1.77%], Southwest Airlines [1.49%], Boeing Co [1.44%], Lowes Companies [1.33%], Fidelity National [1.30%]    For more detailed view ..

The Top Performers of Nasdaq 100 from Last Trading Session:-

JB Hunt [6.53%], Dell [3.64%], Mattel [2.16%], Baidu [2.00%], Comcast [1.85%], First Solar [1.80%], CH Robinson [1.77%], Check Point [1.36%], Wynn Resorts [1.20%], Altera [1.09%], Expeditors [1.08%]   For more detailed view ..

The Top Performers of S&P 100 from Last Trading Session:-

Dell [3.64%], Norfolk Sourn [2.00%], Comcast [1.85%], Boeing Co [1.44%], Lowes Companies [1.33%], Altria Group [1.25%], Hewlett-Packard [1.12%], Wal-Mart Stores [1.07%], Business [0.99%], Philip Morris [0.95%], Home [0.93%]   For more detailed view ..

The Top Performers of Mid Cap Stocks from Last Trading Session:-

JB Hunt [6.53%], CarMax [4.16%], Vistaprint N.V [4.12%], Ecolab [4.04%], IHS [3.99%], Hasbro [3.94%], Leap Wireless [3.92%], Education Management [3.51%], AOL [2.97%], Helmerich & Payne [2.78%], Delta Air [2.77%]    For more detailed view ..

The Top Performers of Small Cap Stocks from Last Trading Session:-

Beazer Homes [378.75%], NPS Pharmaceuticals [18.97%], Motricity [14.96%], Lexicon Pharmaceuticals [12.55%], Envestnet [9.37%], CAMAC Energy [6.60%], Stratasys [5.46%], SuperMedia [5.22%], Cantel Medical [4.80%], Anadigics [4.76%], McMoRan Exploration [4.68%]    For more detailed view ..

 Comprehensive Overview of Current Investing Landscape
Our daily stock analysis is focused on identifying profitable investing and trading opportunities in today's stock market.

It is not very easy for individual investor or trader to buy or sell into any asset class- whether it is US stocks, Global Stocks, Bonds or Commodities. This diverse investing universe provides both great opportunities as well as a challenges for individual investors and our daily stock research hopefully helps investors to understand current stock markets better and make informed decisions.

First, let us take a look at how major US stock indexes (Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, S&P 100, Mid Cap, Small Cap), Global Markets (Europe, Emerging Markets - China, India, Latin America) and other asset classes like Bonds, Gold, Oil and ForEx are performing to get a perspective of relative performances and identify best performing asset classes to invest or trade in.

On the left, the charts and performances of major market segments year-to-date show longer term trends.

Over the short term (last week), the list of various market segments in the order of performances  - China [2.86%], Oil [1.98%], US Dollar [0.32%], Bonds [0.26%], Euro [-0.59%], Gold [-1.48%], Emerging Markets [-1.62%], Europe [-1.76%], US Mid Cap [-2.13%], US Large Cap [-2.22%], US Small Cap [-2.39%], India [-4.16%], .

In the sections below, we take a detailed look at movers and shakers within each market segment in our quest to find best performing individual stocks and exchange traded funds (ETF hold basket of stocks and track market indices or track specific commodities or currencies).

Scroll down this guide or just click the links below -

 
List of Top Performing Stocks | Winning Stocks of the Day

  Using Top Performing Sectors to find Best Stocks

  Global Investing with Stocks & Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF)

 
List of etfs for Trading Bonds, Commodities and ForEx

  Shorting or Hedging in Market Pullbacks & Downturns

  Leveraging for Double or Triple Daily Returns
US Stock Market performance
Year-to-Date:
6%
INDIA: 25.16%
S&P 100: 17.06%
US LARGE CAP: 15.56%
TOTAL US MARKET: 15.19%
US SMALL CAP: 12.65%
US MID CAP: 12.22%
GOLD: 11.89%
DOW JONES: 11.29%
EMERGING MARKETS: 10.08%
EUROPE: 9.86%
CHINA: 6.94%
BONDS: 3.92%
EURO: -0.18%
US DOLLAR: -2.85%
OIL: -10.76%
Movers & Shakers of the Day - Best short term trends of various asset classes:-

China [100], Oil [73], Bonds [65], Euro [50], US Dollar [50], Gold [50], India [48], Emerging Markets [38], Europe [25], US Small Cap [25], US Mid Cap [25], US Large Cap [10],

 Top Performing Sectors
Most stocks, if not all, move in the same direction as their sector (energy, tech, etc). Sector analysis helps in identifying current trends and identify best investing opportunities. One can invest in  individual stocks in a particular sector or invest in exchange traded funds that track various sectors and sub-sectors.

The performance of major sectors year to date are : Housing [45%], Biotech [36%], Financials [23%], Consumer Services [20%], Retail [19%], Technology [19%], Healthcare [18%], REITs [15%], Consumer Staples [12%], Materials [10%], Industrials [10%], Energy [6%], Utilities [3%], Oil Services [3%], Transport [1%], Semiconductors [0%],

Now, let us see how the major sectors are faring recently (over last week) - Oil Services [0.46%], Transport [-0.25%], Utilities [-0.65%], REITs [-1.14%], Energy [-1.39%], Financials [-1.56%], Consumer Staples [-1.81%], Industrials [-1.91%], Healthcare [-2.09%], Materials [-2.23%], Retail [-2.28%], Consumer Services [-2.86%], Technology [-3.14%], Biotech [-3.77%], Semiconductors [-4.57%], Housing [-4.72%], .


We do in depth analysis in our sector guides to identify list of best performing sector/subsector exchange traded funds and individual stocks. The daily best performing sector stock lists: -

  Best Performing Technology Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Energy/Oil Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Financial Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Materials Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Healthcare Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Consumer Services Stock List

  Best Performing Industrial Sector Stock List
SECTORS
YEAR-TO-DATE
HOUSING: 45.17%
BIOTECH: 36.28%
FINANCIALS: 23.13%
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY: 19.73%
RETAIL: 19.31%
TECHNOLOGY: 18.87%
HEALTHCARE: 18%
REITS: 15.47%
CONSUMER STAPLES: 12.49%
MATERIALS: 10.15%
INDUSTRIALS: 9.72%
ENERGY: 6.35%
UTILITIES: 3.46%
OIL SERVICES: 3.37%
TRANSPORT: 0.89%
SEMICONDUCTORS: 0.23%
Movers & Shakers of the Day - The 360o view of Sectors from last trading session:-

Transport [0.77%], Industrials [0.08%], Consumer Staples [0.08%], Consumer Services [-0.02%], Technology [-0.10%], Healthcare [-0.15%], Semiconductors [-0.33%], REITs [-0.37%], Housing [-0.44%], Materials [-0.44%], Oil Services [-0.45%], Utilities [-0.54%], Energy [-0.55%], Retail [-0.61%], Biotech [-0.70%], Financials [-1.37%],
Movers & Shakers of the Day - The 360o ratings view of Sectors from last trading session:-

Utilities [73/38], Financials [65/73], Transport [60/13], REITs [38/73], Oil Services [38/40], Energy [25/35], Consumer Staples [13/38], Healthcare [13/73], Industrials [10/45], Housing [10/65], Materials [10/0], Retail [10/60], Biotech [10/85], Consumer Services [0/73], Technology [0/65], Semiconductors [0/0],

 Global Investing with Stocks & ETFs
US investors can now easily invest across the world using stocks and exchange traded funds.

The global investing world can be segmented into Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Another way to look at it from investing point of view is - Developed Markets and Emerging Markets. Emerging markets like China, Brazil & India provide some of the best investing growth opportunities today.

On the right, we have the long term - year to date - performances of major exchange traded funds that invest in international stocks.

Let us look at recent (over last week) performance and trends of major global ETFs :-China [2.86%], South Africa [0.82%], Australia [0.25%], Brazil [-0.41%], Mexico [-1.24%], United Kingdom [-1.36%], Latin America [-1.39%], Emerging Markets [-1.62%], Asia-Pacific [-1.64%], Europe [-1.76%], Total MArket Ex-US [-1.76%], Developed Markets [-1.79%], Canada [-1.87%], France [-1.93%], Russia [-2.01%], Japan [-2.29%], Germany [-2.32%], Taiwan [-4.07%], India [-4.16%], Korea [-4.38%], .

One can, of course, invest in individual foreign stocks. The top performing (year-to-date) large cap foreign stocks are Seagate Technology [76%], CEMEX S.A.B. [70%], Nexen [64%], Companhia de [61%], Lloyds Banking [60%], Agrium [55%], Tata Motors [54%], ICICI Bank [53%], Ingersoll-Rand [47%], Anheuser-Busch InBev [46%], Agnico-Eagle Mines [44%].

The best smallcap and midcap foreign stocks year to date are Terra Nova [9999%], Mellanox Technologies [218%], Feihe [152%], Altisource Portfolio [129%], China Kanghui [108%], Himax Technologies [104%], Nam Tai [103%], Grupo Simec [83%], Lions Gate [81%], Administradora de [81%], Empresas ICA [80%]

Take a deep dive into our popular international stocks and ETF daily best performing stock lists below -

  Best Performing Emerging Markets Stock List

  Best Performing Europe Stock List

  Best Performing Latin America Stock List

  Best Performing India Stock List

  Best Performing China Stock List

  Best Performing Asia-Pacific Stock List
GLOBAL STOCK MARKETS
(Year-To-Date)
MEXICO: 25.36%
INDIA: 25.16%
GERMANY: 22.01%
AUSTRALIA: 14.62%
EUROPE: 12.38%
FRANCE: 11.85%
TAIWAN: 10.59%
UNITED KINGDOM: 10.39%
ALL WORLD EX-US: 10.35%
EMERGING MARKETS: 10.08%
DEVELOPED MARKETS: 9.86%
KOREA: 9.53%
RUSSIA: 7.73%
CANADA: 7.51%
CHINA: 6.94%
ASIA-PACIFIC: 6.12%
SOUTH AFRICA: 6.04%
LATIN AMERICA: 1.62%
JAPAN: -0.67%
BRAZIL: -4.03%
Daily performance of Global Markets
The Top Performers of Global Markets from Last Trading Session:-

China [0.78%], Mexico [0.20%], France [0.19%], Japan [0.11%], Germany [0.04%], United Kingdom [-0.06%], Developed Markets [-0.11%], Europe [-0.11%], Asia-Pacific [-0.14%], Total MArket Ex-US [-0.28%], Emerging Markets [-0.31%], Australia [-0.33%], Latin America [-0.47%], Brazil [-0.48%], Taiwan [-0.50%], Canada [-0.56%], Russia [-0.62%], Korea [-0.76%], South Africa [-0.76%], India [-1.19%],    For more detailed view ..


 Commodities Daily Investing & Trading  Guide
It is now possible for stock market investors to participate in commodities markets (Energy, Materials - metals including gold & silver, Agricultural & Livestock).

One can implicitly participate by buying stocks of companies involved in commodity business. Or now, one can explicitly buy exchange traded funds (ETF) that track specific commodities like oil, gold and silver. 

The left panel of this column shows the year to date performances of major commodities and ETFs that hold commodities related stocks 

Now, let us see how the major commodities are faring recently (over last week). First, the commodity trackers - Natural Gas [6.24%], Heating Oil [2.04%], Oil [1.98%], Agriculture [-0.76%], Gold [-1.48%], Gasoline [-2.02%], Silver [-2.93%].

Next, let us look at weekly performances of ETFs that holds stocks of companies in commodities business - Coal [4.88%], Oil Services [0.46%], Steel [0.34%], Ag-business [-1%], Energy [-1.39%], Nuclear Energy [-1.47%], Materials [-1.71%], Clean Energy [-2.68%], Clean Energy [-2.68%], Gold Mining [-3.71%], Solar Energy [-4.42%], .


There are also leveraged commodity ETFs that go up double or thrice the daily percent change in any commodity.

Also, inverse commodity ETFs that go up when the commodity that they are tracking goes down.

We do in depth analysis in our commodity guides to identify best performing sector/subsector exchange traded funds and individual stocks. The popular best performing stock lists: -

 
  Best Performing Energy Sector Stock List

  Best Performing Materials Sector Stock List
COMMODITY TRACKERS
YEAR-TO-DATE
GASOLINE: 24.5%
SILVER: 20.53%
GOLD: 11.89%
HEATING OIL: 9.06%
AGRICULTURE: 0.1%
NATURAL GAS: -10.37%
US OIL: -10.76%
COMMODITIES RELATED STOCK ETFs
AGRIBUSINESS: 8.95%
ENERGY: 6.35%
MATERIALS: 5.8%
OIL SERVICES: 3.37%
GOLD MINERS: 0.45%
NUCLEAR ENERGY: -0.94%
STEEL: -7.02%
CLEAN ENERGY: -18.4%
COAL: -22.64%
SOLAR ENERGY: -36.07%
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COMMODITIES - Movers & Shakers of the Day - The 360o view of Commodities from last trading session:-

First, the commodity ETF trackers Gold [-0.74%], Oil [-0.79%], Natural Gas [-0.81%], Agriculture [-0.93%], Heating Oil [-1.22%], Silver [-1.31%], Gasoline [-1.73%]

Next, the commodity ETFs that hold commodity related stocks Nuclear Energy [0.96%], Ag-business [-0.16%], Coal [-0.44%], Oil Services [-0.45%], Energy [-0.55%], Materials [-0.94%], Solar Energy [-1.13%], Clean Energy [-1.24%], Clean Energy [-1.24%], Steel [-1.32%], Gold Mining [-1.64%],

Shorting Stocks - Profiting from Bear Markets
Typically, traders shorted stocks or bought put options to profit from down markets. Now, investors can profit or hedge during bear markets by buying inverse ETFs that move in opposite direction to that of market.
So how are some popular short and/or leveraged ETFs doing this year? DXD [-23%], FXP [-26%], EEV [-27%], TWM [-28%], SDS [-28%], SRS [-30%], ERY [-30%], QID [-35%] More analysis of world stock markets here.
Popular: Short ETFs, Double or Triple Leveraged ETFs

Double and Triple Leveraged ETFs
When bullish, investors can use double & triple leveraged ETFs that move twice or thrice with respect to underlying index or sector.
Here are year to date performances of popular bullish leveraged ETFs FAS [67%], UPRO [47%], QLD [41%], DRN [40%], SSO [31%], DDM [22%], EDC [18%], ERX [10%], USD [-17%] More weekly, daily performance lists here.

List of Dow Index Stocks Year-to-Date [YTD] performance

US Stock Market performance
Year-to-Date:
6%
Hover mouse on symbol for details
StockPriceDaily%YTD%
BAC9.12-2.3664.6
HD59.560.9344.1
DIS50.590.5034.9
WMT75.811.0729.3
JPM41.62-1.1428.9
GE22.48-0.1328.7
MRK45.620.3724.9
AXP57.89-0.9924.5
T35.63-1.7424.2
PFE25.120.0019.6
TRV68.72-0.6418.7
VZ44.62-1.2816.7
MMM92.75-0.0915.8
MSFT29.200.8614.7
IBM207.800.9914.4
KO38.230.3111.6
XOM91.03-0.159.4
DD48.69-0.189.0
CVX112.07-0.888.0
JNJ67.970.006.5
UTX75.96-0.125.9
PG67.94-0.094.4
CSCO18.410.793.8
AA8.69-0.911.4
BA71.851.44-0.3
MCD92.510.16-5.7
CAT82.82-0.04-7.2
INTC21.48-0.92-9.3
HPQ14.411.12-43.0
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