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Best stocks in the US: Top picks for July 2021

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

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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.

US stocks continue on an impressive run in 2021. The NYSE Composite is up 13.89% year to date and 36.04% from July 2020. The Nasdaq Composite is keeping pace so far this year with a 13.77% gain, but it beats the NYSE with an overall 40.54% gain since July 2020.

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.

June could be the month for financial stocks. Eleven of our top 20 companies are in the financial services sector including names like Charles Schwab, Capital One, Discover and RBC. Technology and healthcare stocks make up most of our other top picks, with companies like ASML Holding and Thermo Fisher Scientific experiencing impressive gains over 1-year and 5-year periods.

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 to buy US stocks

How did we pick the best stocks in the US?

We used Finder’s proprietary algorithm to rate stocks listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq based on price, performance, profit, revenue and dividends. Our fundamental analysis filters stocks by taking into account historical prices, dividends, revenue growth, (low) price volatility and profit margins. This might indicate a quality stock, but we do not guarantee the performance or returns of any investment.

To avoid smaller, more speculative stocks, we only include companies with a market cap of more than USD $1 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, so our decision to include or exclude a stock from our list does not indicate whether it’s a good or bad investment. For more information about our algorithm, check out our stock ranking page.

The algorithm was last updated 27 January 2021. This list and data was compiled July 6, 2021.

US stocks to watch in 2021

Note: The figures on this page are in US dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Liberty Broadband Corporation logo

Liberty Broadband Corporation (LBRDA.NASDAQ)

Liberty Broadband Corporation, a cable operator, provides video, Internet, and voice services to residential, and small and medium business customers in the United States. The company operates through Skyhook and Charter segments.

  • Market cap: $32.849 billion
  • YTD performance: 7.59%
  • 1 Year performance: 37.5%
  • 5 Year performance: 176.95%
  • P/E Ratio: 68.859
  • Headquarters: USA

Liberty Broadband Corporation logo

Liberty Broadband Corporation (LBRDK.NASDAQ)

Liberty Broadband Corporation, a cable operator, provides video, Internet, and voice services to residential, and small and medium business customers in the United States. The company operates through Skyhook and Charter segments.

  • Market cap: $33.119 billion
  • YTD performance: 11.11%
  • 1 Year performance: 39.35%
  • 5 Year performance: 100%
  • P/E Ratio: 71.71
  • Headquarters: USA

CIBC logo

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.NYSE)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a diversified financial institution, provides various financial products and services to personal, business, public sector, and institutional clients in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through four strategic business units: Canadian Personal and Business Banking; Canadian Commercial Banking and Wealth Management; U.S.

  • Market cap: $51.619 billion
  • YTD performance: 33.35%
  • 1 Year performance: 72.45%
  • 5 Year performance: 131.87%
  • P/E Ratio: 12.0079
  • Headquarters: USA

PerkinElmer logo

PerkinElmer, Inc (PKI.NYSE)

PerkinElmer Inc. provides products, services, and solutions to the diagnostics, life sciences, and applied services markets worldwide.

  • Market cap: $17.308 billion
  • YTD performance: 7.94%
  • 1 Year performance: 55.25%
  • 5 Year performance: 224.65%
  • P/E Ratio: 22.891
  • Headquarters: USA


Santander logo

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (SC.NYSE)

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., a specialized consumer finance company, provides vehicle finance and third-party servicing in the United States. It offers vehicle financial products and services, including retail installment contracts and vehicle leases, as well as dealer loans for inventory, construction, real estate, working capital, and revolving lines of credit.

  • Market cap: $11.149 billion
  • YTD performance: 82.23%
  • 1 Year performance: 147.8%
  • 5 Year performance: 290.46%
  • P/E Ratio: 6.8323
  • Headquarters: USA


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Royal Bank of Canada (RY.NYSE)

Royal Bank of Canada operates as a diversified financial service company worldwide. The company’s Personal & Commercial Banking segment offers checking and savings accounts, home equity financing, personal lending, private banking, indirect lending, mutual funds, self-directed brokerage accounts, credit cards, payment products and solutions and financial solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses.

  • Market cap: $144.406 billion
  • YTD performance: 23.46%
  • 1 Year performance: 52.18%
  • 5 Year performance: 92.24%
  • P/E Ratio: 13.5395
  • Headquarters: USA


Thermo Fisher Scientific logo

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (TMO.NYSE)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. offers life sciences solutions, analytical instruments, specialty diagnostics, and laboratory products and service worldwide.

  • Market cap: $199.753 billion
  • YTD performance: 8.5%
  • 1 Year performance: 34.31%
  • 5 Year performance: 264.55%
  • P/E Ratio: 31.397
  • Headquarters: USA


Ares logo

Ares Management Corporation (ARES.NYSE)

Ares Management Corporation operates as an alternative asset manager in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company’s Tradable Credit Group segment manages various types of investment funds, such as commingled and separately managed accounts for institutional investors, and publicly traded vehicles and sub-advised funds for retail investors in the tradable and non-investment grade corporate credit markets.

  • Market cap: $10.37 billion
  • YTD performance: 37.43%
  • 1 Year performance: 70.56%
  • 5 Year performance: 339.49%
  • P/E Ratio: 46.2039
  • Headquarters: USA


Discover logo

Discover Financial Services (DFS.NYSE)

Discover Financial Services, through its subsidiaries, operates as a digital banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Digital Banking and Payment Services.

  • Market cap: $35.636 billion
  • YTD performance: 30.41%
  • 1 Year performance: 157.93%
  • 5 Year performance: 365.87%
  • P/E Ratio: 6.8568
  • Headquarters: USA


Itau Unibanco logo

Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A (ITUB.NYSE)

Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. provides a range of financial products and services in Brazil and internationally.

  • Market cap: $57.355 billion
  • YTD performance: -2.78%
  • 1 Year performance: 51.15%
  • 5 Year performance: 65.93%
  • P/E Ratio: 13.5104
  • Headquarters: USA

Charles Schwab logo

The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW.NYSE)

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services. The company operates in two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services.

  • Market cap: $138.298 billion
  • YTD performance: 38.3%
  • 1 Year performance: 122.9%
  • 5 Year performance: 183.19%
  • P/E Ratio: 31.6286
  • Headquarters: USA


Western Alliance Bancorporation logo

Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL.NYSE)

Western Alliance Bancorporation operates as the bank holding company for Western Alliance Bank that provides various banking products and related services primarily in Arizona, California, and Nevada. It operates in two segments, Commercial and Consumer Related.

  • Market cap: $9.879 billion
  • YTD performance: 56.96%
  • 1 Year performance: 214.01%
  • 5 Year performance: 333.44%
  • P/E Ratio: 15.5946
  • Headquarters: USA


ASML Holdings logo

ASML Holding N.V (ASML.NASDAQ)

ASML Holding N.V. develops, produces, markets, sells, and services advanced semiconductor equipment systems consisting of lithography, metrology, and inspection related systems for memory and logic chipmakers.

  • Market cap: $282.943 billion
  • YTD performance: 37.9%
  • 1 Year performance: 99.63%
  • 5 Year performance: 596.83%
  • P/E Ratio: 53.1084
  • Headquarters: USA

The Carlyle Group logo

The Carlyle Group Inc (CG.NASDAQ)

The Carlyle Group Inc. is an investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments.

  • Market cap: $16.506 billion
  • YTD performance: 49.06%
  • 1 Year performance: 100.6%
  • 5 Year performance: 225.96%
  • P/E Ratio: 9.1978
  • Headquarters: USA


Genmab logo

Genmab A/S (GMAB.NASDAQ)

Genmab A/S, a biotechnology company, develops antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other diseases primarily in Denmark. The company markets DARZALEX, a human monoclonal antibody for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma (MM); teprotumumab for the treatment of thyroid eye disease; ofatumumab, a human monoclonal antibody to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple sclerosis; and Arzerra for treating CLL.

  • Market cap: $27.3 billion
  • YTD performance: 3.05%
  • 1 Year performance: 33.8%
  • 5 Year performance: 247.27%
  • P/E Ratio: N/A
  • Headquarters: USA

Monolithic Power Systems logo

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc (MPWR.NASDAQ)

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.

  • Market cap: $16.955 billion
  • YTD performance: 1.22%
  • 1 Year performance: 55.83%
  • 5 Year performance: 443.59%
  • P/E Ratio: 100.7203
  • Headquarters: USA

Braskem logo

Braskem S.A (BAK.NYSE)

Braskem S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells thermoplastic resins. The company operates through three segments: Brazil, United States and Europe, and Mexico.

  • Market cap: $9.217 billion
  • YTD performance: 157.09%
  • 1 Year performance: 237.15%
  • 5 Year performance: 456.61%
  • P/E Ratio: N/A
  • Headquarters: USA

Comerica logo

Comerica Incorporated (CMA.NYSE)

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

  • Market cap: $10.078 billion
  • YTD performance: 25.51%
  • 1 Year performance: 110.7%
  • 5 Year performance: 166.04%
  • P/E Ratio: 11.7557
  • Headquarters: USA


Capital One logo

Capital One Financial Corporation (COF.NYSE)

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the financial services holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association; and Capital One, National Association, which provides various financial products and services in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Credit Card, Consumer Banking, and Commercial Banking.

  • Market cap: $69.598 billion
  • YTD performance: 58.13%
  • 1 Year performance: 171.06%
  • 5 Year performance: 266.07%
  • P/E Ratio: 12.2576
  • Headquarters: USA


Cooper Companies logo

The Cooper Companies, Inc (COO.NYSE)

The Cooper Companies, Inc. operates as a medical device company worldwide.

  • Market cap: $19.847 billion
  • YTD performance: 11.64%
  • 1 Year performance: 45.05%
  • 5 Year performance: 154.8%
  • P/E Ratio: 8.4849
  • Headquarters: USA


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