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Best stocks in the US: Top picks for October 2021

These US-listed stocks are well worth watching in the year ahead.

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

Finder’s list of the best US stocks is updated monthly based on the results of our proprietary ranking system.

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

US stocks to watch in 2021

What you should know before buying stocks

There’s no single winning strategy to finding what experts might call the best performing US stocks on the NYSE and Nasdaq, because the most important considerations are your own goals and circumstances. But that shouldn’t discourage you from doing your homework and investing.

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. Always remember that past performance does not guarantee future results. Investments can go up and down in value.

The information provided here is general in nature. It is not personal financial advice, and your personal objectives, financial situation and needs have not been taken into consideration. The best Canadian stocks listed on this page may not be the best investments for you. So you should do your own research, and speak with an investment professional if in doubt.

How are US stocks performing in October 2021?

US stocks continue on an impressive run in 2021. The NYSE Composite is up 12.22% year to date and 24.97% from October 2020. The Nasdaq Composite is slightly ahead this year with a 12.43% gain, and it beats the NYSE with an overall 27.50% gain since October 2020.

How to buy US stocks


Texas Pacific Land Trust logo

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
Buy TPL on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy ASR on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy SC on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy SCHW on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy GRMN on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy ISRG on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy MPWR on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy ARES on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy BX on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy C on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy CE on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy CMA on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy COF on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy DFS on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy EC on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy EL on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy KEY on Scotia iTRADE

Loews Corporation logo

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
Buy L on Scotia iTRADE

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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
Buy PKI on Scotia iTRADE

PNC logo

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
Buy PNC on Scotia iTRADE

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