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What are the best stocks for October 2021?

Our stock-rating system suggests these 20 top-ranked US-listed stocks are well worth watching in the month and year ahead.

US stocks weathered a rough patch in September, with the Nasdaq Composite down more than 4% and the NYSE down nearly 3%. But for all the bearish talk, both remain up more than 14% for the year.

If you’re feeling bullish about stocks in the rest of 2021, but you’re not sure where to start, this list of 20 Nasdaq and NYSE stocks may be worth watching. We update it monthly based on the results of our proprietary ranking system.

No single stock or list of stocks will suit all investors, as we all have different goals and needs. What’s best for you might not be best for someone else. These are starting points for your own research and should not be taken as advice to buy any particular stock.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework and invest. Whether you care more about short-term capital gains or long-term dividend growth, it’s important to know whether a stock is performing well, making a profit, paying dividends or going backwards.

Stocks to watch in 2021

To help identify stocks to watch, we used Finder’s proprietary algorithm to filter Nasdaq- and NYSE-listed companies that have strong fundamentals. We take into account historical prices, dividends, revenue growth, (low) price volatility and profit margins, which might indicate a quality stock.

To avoid smaller, more speculative stocks, we only include companies with a market cap of more than $10 billion. In order to better compare historical data, we filtered out stocks that have been listed for less than five years. This methodology no doubt filters out some good stocks, and not making this list is not a negative.

This also doesn’t mean these are the best stocks for you. Always do your own research, and chat with a professional when in doubt.


The algorithm was last updated 27 January 2021. This list and data was compiled Sept. 28, 2021.


How did we pick this list?

We use a proprietary algorithm that rates stocks based on price performance, profit, revenue and dividends. The information provided is general in nature, not personal financial advice, and your personal objectives, financial situation or needs have not been taken into consideration. The companies displayed on this page may not be the best for you, and you’re encouraged to do your own research. Always remember that past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments can go up and down, and we do not guarantee the performance of or returns of any investment. For more information about our algorithm, head to our stock ranking page.

1. Texas Pacific Land (TPL)

Texas Pacific Land Corporation engages in the land and resource management, and water services and operations businesses.

  • Energy
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.77%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 50.94

About Texas Pacific Land stock


2. Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S. A. B. de C. V (ASR)

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S. A. B. de C. V. holds concessions to operate, maintain, and develop airports in the southeast region of Mexico.

  • Industrials
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 4.4%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 41.00

About Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste S. A. B. de C. V stock


3. Santander Consumer USA Holdings (SC)

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. , a specialized consumer finance company, provides vehicle finance and third-party servicing in the United States.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 1.59%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 4.55

About Santander Consumer USA Holdings stock


4. The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.98%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 31.58

About The Charles Schwab Corporation stock


5. Garmin (GRMN)

Garmin Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of navigation, communication, and information devices in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Australian Continent, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

  • Technology
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Dividend yield: 1.56%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 28.16

About Garmin stock


6. Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories in the United States and internationally.

  • Healthcare
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Dividend yield: N/A
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 77.90

About Intuitive Surgical stock


7. Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR)

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets integrated power semiconductor solutions and power delivery architectures for computing and storage, automotive, industrial, communications, and consumer applications markets.

  • Technology
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Dividend yield: 0.42%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 123.66

About Monolithic Power Systems stock


8. Ares Management Corporation (ARES)

Ares Management Corporation is an investment management company that covers equities, credits, real estates, financial planning and investment advisory services.

  • Financials
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 2.43%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 50.98

About Ares Management Corporation stock


9. The Blackstone Group (BX)

The Blackstone Group Inc. is an alternative asset management firm specializing in real estate, private equity, hedge fund solutions, credit, secondary funds of funds, public debt and equity and multi-asset class strategies.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 2.38%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 19.47

About The Blackstone Group stock


10. Citigroup Inc (C)

Citigroup Inc. , a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 3%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 7.05

About Citigroup Inc stock


11. Celanese Corporation (CE)

Celanese Corporation, a technology and specialty materials company, manufactures and sells high performance engineered polymers in the United States and internationally.

  • Basic Materials
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 1.69%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 7.14

About Celanese Corporation stock


12. Comerica (CMA)

Comerica Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services. It operates through Commercial Bank, Retail Bank, Wealth Management, and Finance segments.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 3.52%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 10.27

About Comerica stock


13. Capital One Financial Corporation (COF)

Capital One Financial operates as the holding company for Capital One Bank and provides financial products and services in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

  • Credit services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.62%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 6.54

About Capital One Financial Corporation stock


14. Discover Financial Services (DFS)

Discover Financial Services, through its subsidiaries, operates as a digital banking and payment services company in the United States.

  • Credit services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 1.43%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 8.03

About Discover Financial Services stock


15. Ecopetrol S.A (EC)

Ecopetrol S. A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company. The company operates through three segments: Exploration and Production; Transport and Logistics; and Refining, Petrochemical and Biofuels.

  • Energy
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.22%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 6.18

About Ecopetrol S.A stock


16. The Estée Lauder Companies (EL)

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures, markets, and sells skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. The company offers a range of skin care products, including moisturizers, serums, cleansers, toners, body care, exfoliators, acne care and oil correctors, facial masks, cleansing devices, and sun care products; and makeup products.

  • Consumer Defensive
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.64%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 41.16

About The Estée Lauder Companies stock


17. KeyCorp (KEY)

KeyCorp operates as the holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various retail and commercial banking products and services in the United States.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 3.53%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 9.07

About KeyCorp stock


18. Loews Corporation (L)

Loews Corporation provides commercial property and casualty insurance in the United States and internationally. The company offers specialty insurance products, such as management and professional liability, and other coverage products; surety and fidelity bonds; property insurance products that include property, marine, and boiler and machinery coverages; and casualty insurance products.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.48%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 9.25

About Loews Corporation stock


19. PerkinElmer (PKI)

PerkinElmer produces analytical instruments, genetic testing and diagnostic tools, medical imaging components, software and medical instruments.

  • Healthcare
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 0.16%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 17.04

About PerkinElmer stock


20. The PNC Financial Services Group (PNC)

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking, and Asset Management Group.

  • Financial Services
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Dividend yield: 2.38%
  • Price-earnings (P/E) ratio: 14.77

About The PNC Financial Services Group stock


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