One of the biggest challenges in investing in the stock market is picking the best stocks. In my book, "The Confident Investor" I teach my readers how to pick Good Companies. This page is designed to show the raw performance of these companies. It is not designed to show my personal portfolio, which may or may not exceed the performance stated here. Since I use the trading system described in my book, you can assume that I beat the performance recorded here.

I must caution you, I do not actually propose that you "buy and hold" any given stock, but rather you should "buy to hold" the stock. My investing technique teaches you to efficiently move your money to the stocks that are currently increasing in value the most. I use my Watch List for this work, these are Good Companies that I wait for great buying opportunities. This strategy is well described in my book, "The Confident Investor" and tends to be a very safe strategy in bear markets while typically still providing above market returns in a bull or flat market.

My Short Term Watch List are 15 companies that are hot right now. I select this list every quarter. I evenly divide a portion of my portfolio among these 15 companies. The next quarter, I add or delete companies as necessary and then re-balance the portfolio. This tends to be a more risky strategy because I don't bail out on bad stock movement (at least until the end of the quarter). In a bull market or a flat market, these very well-run and high-performing companies tend to beat the general market by a significant margin.

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WATCH LIST STOCK RESULTS

 

Stock
Ticker
Company
name
Current
price
Year
ago
Year ago
change
Month
ago
Month ago
change
Week
ago
Week ago
change
AAPL Apple Inc. $169.23 $113.98 48.48% $171.05 -1.06% $175.01 -3.30%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $187.41 $112.68 66.32% $194.60 -3.69% $191.64 -2.21%
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation $253.48 $226.45 11.94% $234.03 8.31% $251.99 0.59%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $222.19 $96.13 131.13% $254.07 -12.55% $223.12 -0.42%
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $119.59 $122.35 -2.26% $108.96 9.76% $118.78 0.68%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $51.12 $31.98 59.85% $51.91 -1.52% $52.06 -1.81%
AMZN Amazon $1,169.47 $749.87 55.96% $1,162.35 0.61% $1,168.36 0.10%
AYI Acuity Brands, Inc. $176.00 $230.21 -23.55% $167.01 5.38% $172.18 2.22%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $172.43 $87.81 96.37% $174.61 -1.25% $176.29 -2.19%
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings $156.35 $154.40 1.26% $155.50 0.55% $156.25 0.06%
CBPO China Biologic Products Inc $78.77 $107.52 -26.74% $80.93 -2.67% $79.62 -1.07%
COF Capital One Financial Corp. $99.58 $85.62 16.31% $92.72 7.40% $100.50 -0.92%
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. $51.86 $56.54 -8.28% $53.16 -2.45% $52.38 -0.99%
CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc. $152.60 $99.85 52.83% $153.20 -0.39% $148.70 2.62%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $188.96 $157.72 19.81% $184.16 2.61% $192.87 -2.03%
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp $112.71 $93.70 20.29% $116.41 -3.18% $112.49 0.20%
EXR Extra Space Storage, Inc. $87.45 $74.23 17.81% $84.44 3.57% $86.12 1.54%
FB Facebook Inc $176.46 $115.05 53.38% $175.10 0.78% $177.20 -0.42%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc $1,053.40 $792.45 32.93% $1,025.07 2.76% $1,068.86 -1.45%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $16.75 $10.85 54.38% $14.50 15.52% $17.25 -2.90%
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc $78.73 $69.41 13.43% $78.30 0.55% $78.15 0.74%
HDSN Hudson Technologies, Inc. $6.07 $8.01 -24.22% $5.66 7.24% $5.92 2.53%
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc $50.88 $56.72 -10.30% $49.67 2.44% $51.84 -1.85%
HSKA Heska Corp $80.21 $71.60 12.03% $86.32 -7.07% $80.98 -0.95%
HZO MarineMax Inc $18.90 $19.35 -2.33% $21.40 -11.68% $19.80 -4.55%
IDXX IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. $156.38 $117.27 33.35% $155.00 0.89% $157.65 -0.81%
LNCE Snyder's-Lance Inc $50.08 $38.17 31.20% $38.49 30.11% $50.24 -0.32%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $78.59 $64.99 20.93% $67.22 16.91% $78.48 0.14%
MCK McKesson Corporation $155.95 $139.31 11.94% $146.39 6.53% $158.44 -1.57%
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. $40.10 $41.00 -2.20% $46.70 -14.13% $40.50 -0.99%
MET Metlife Inc $50.56 $41.58 21.60% $53.61 -5.69% $50.76 -0.39%
MIDD Middleby Corp $134.95 $128.81 4.77% $126.59 6.60% $132.04 2.20%
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation $63.29 $44.34 42.74% $62.92 0.59% $63.77 -0.75%
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. $56.27 $57.11 -1.47% $55.40 1.58% $56.36 -0.16%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $191.96 $123.80 55.06% $186.82 2.75% $189.94 1.06%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $193.50 $106.33 81.98% $197.68 -2.11% $195.27 -0.91%
PCLN Priceline Group Inc $1,737.74 $1,466.06 18.53% $1,735.30 0.14% $1,775.26 -2.11%
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc $375.96 $367.09 2.42% $373.47 0.67% $381.00 -1.32%
SAM Boston Beer Company Inc $191.10 $169.85 12.51% $182.25 4.86% $191.30 -0.10%
SBUX Starbucks Corporation $57.43 $54.50 5.37% $57.32 0.19% $57.30 0.23%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $228.57 $151.69 50.68% $218.60 4.56% $223.81 2.13%
SUI Sun Communities Inc $92.78 $74.27 24.92% $93.06 -0.30% $91.36 1.56%
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc $94.95 $73.78 28.69% $102.23 -7.12% $97.07 -2.18%
THRM Gentherm Inc $31.75 $33.85 -6.20% $35.50 -10.56% $32.20 -1.40%
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. $189.88 $140.62 35.03% $192.05 -1.13% $190.42 -0.28%
TRN Trinity Industries Inc $37.46 $27.31 37.18% $35.44 5.70% $37.27 0.51%
UA Under Armour Inc $13.32 $25.17 -47.08% $11.73 13.55% $13.80 -3.48%
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc $223.66 $254.94 -12.27% $212.58 5.21% $226.27 -1.15%

Over the last year, my Watch List returned 25.25%
Over the last month, my Watch List returned 1.03%
Over the last week, my Watch List returned -0.76%

 

SHORT TERM WATCH LIST STOCK RESULTS

 

Stock
Ticker
Company
name
Current
price
Year
ago
Year ago
change
Month
ago
Month ago
change
Week
ago
Week ago
change
AAPL Apple Inc. $169.23 $113.98 48.48% $171.05 -1.06% $175.01 -3.30%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $187.41 $112.68 66.32% $194.60 -3.69% $191.64 -2.21%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $222.19 $96.13 131.13% $254.07 -12.55% $223.12 -0.42%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $51.12 $31.98 59.85% $51.91 -1.52% $52.06 -1.81%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $172.43 $87.81 96.37% $174.61 -1.25% $176.29 -2.19%
CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc. $152.60 $99.85 52.83% $153.20 -0.39% $148.70 2.62%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $188.96 $157.72 19.81% $184.16 2.61% $192.87 -2.03%
FB Facebook Inc $176.46 $115.05 53.38% $175.10 0.78% $177.20 -0.42%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $16.75 $10.85 54.38% $14.50 15.52% $17.25 -2.90%
HSKA Heska Corp $80.21 $71.60 12.03% $86.32 -7.07% $80.98 -0.95%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $191.96 $123.80 55.06% $186.82 2.75% $189.94 1.06%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $193.50 $106.33 81.98% $197.68 -2.11% $195.27 -0.91%
PCLN Priceline Group Inc $1,737.74 $1,466.06 18.53% $1,735.30 0.14% $1,775.26 -2.11%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $228.57 $151.69 50.68% $218.60 4.56% $223.81 2.13%
TRN Trinity Industries Inc $37.46 $27.31 37.18% $35.44 5.70% $37.27 0.51%

Over the last year, my Short Term Watch List returned 37.28%
Over the last month, my Short Term Watch List returned -0.70%
Over the last week, my Short Term Watch List returned -1.30%

Short Term List returned 37%
High growth stock: Align Technology, Inc. ($ALGN) at 131%
Total Execution Time: 3.4375319480896 Sec

What a great year 2017 was for investors. No matter what your risk appetite nor your investing/trading strategy, you almost definitely ended the year with more money in your portfolio than you started with.

S&P 500 $SPY +19%
Dow Jones $DIA +24%
Nasdaq-100 $QQQ +31%
Long 20+ Year Treasuries $TLT +6.5%
Gold $GLD +13%
Emerging Markets $EEM +33%
Junk Bonds $JNK +1%
Bitcoin $BTC.X +93%

 

How did you do with your portfolio?

Symbol Stock Price change today
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 0.8474%
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation 0.588%
SUI Sun Communities Inc 0.433%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. 0.2588%
MIDD Middleby Corp 0.2451%
SAM Boston Beer Company Inc 0.1048%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 0.0754%
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc 0.0127%
LNCE Snyder's-Lance Inc -0.02%
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings -0.0639%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc -0.2415%
EXR Extra Space Storage, Inc. -0.3532%
NFLX Netflix, Inc. -0.3892%
CBPO China Biologic Products Inc -0.4046%
CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc. -0.4241%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. -0.5369%
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -0.5571%
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. -0.583%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. -0.5935%
MET Metlife Inc -0.6094%
SBUX Starbucks Corporation -0.6573%
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. -0.6748%
COF Capital One Financial Corp. -0.7178%
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc -0.7411%
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. -0.8034%
FB Facebook Inc -0.8206%
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. -0.8653%
AYI Acuity Brands, Inc. -1.0346%
AAPL Apple Inc. -1.0814%
TRN Trinity Industries Inc -1.1088%
MCK McKesson Corporation -1.1285%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. -1.1601%
HSKA Heska Corp -1.2557%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. -1.2812%
HDSN Hudson Technologies, Inc. -1.3008%
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc -1.338%
AMZN Amazon -1.4021%
PCLN Priceline Group Inc -1.4937%
IDXX IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. -1.5177%
THRM Gentherm Inc -1.5504%
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp -1.6063%
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc -1.647%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. -1.6479%
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc -1.792%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. -1.8942%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation -1.9757%
HZO MarineMax Inc -2.5773%
UA Under Armour Inc -5.7992%

Stock ticker Stock name Last Close Recommendation
AAPL Apple Inc. $171.0800 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. $190.5500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation $251.3500 Strong Buy or Hold
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. $226.4800 Very Concerned, may need to wait
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $120.2600 Strong Buy or Hold
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. $51.7200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
AMZN Amazon $1186.1000 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
AYI Acuity Brands, Inc. $177.8400 Strong Buy or Hold
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd $172.3000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings $156.4500 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
CBPO China Biologic Products Inc $79.0900 Very Concerned, may need to wait
COF Capital One Financial Corp. $100.3000 Strong Buy or Hold
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. $52.2800 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc. $153.2500 Strong Buy or Hold
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. $189.9800 Strong Buy or Hold
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp $114.5500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
EXR Extra Space Storage, Inc. $87.7600 Strong Buy or Hold
FB Facebook Inc $177.9200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
GOOGL Alphabet Inc $1055.9500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
GTN Gray Television, Inc. $16.8500 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc $78.7200 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
HDSN Hudson Technologies, Inc. $6.1500 Strong Buy or Hold
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc $51.5700 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
HSKA Heska Corp $81.2300 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
HZO MarineMax Inc $19.4000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
IDXX IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. $158.7900 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
LNCE Snyder's-Lance Inc $50.0900 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. $79.6100 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
MCK McKesson Corporation $157.7300 Very Concerned, may need to wait
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. $40.4500 Some Concerns, may need to wait
MET Metlife Inc $50.8700 Very Concerned, may need to wait
MIDD Middleby Corp $134.6200 Strong Buy or Hold, but there are some concerns
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation $62.9200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. $56.6000 Strong Buy or Hold
NFLX Netflix, Inc. $192.7100 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation $197.4000 Possible Buy or Hold, but some concerns
PCLN Priceline Group Inc $1764.0900 Strong Buy or Hold
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc $382.8200 Very Concerned, may need to wait
SAM Boston Beer Company Inc $190.9000 Very Concerned, may need to wait
SBUX Starbucks Corporation $57.8100 Very Concerned, may need to wait
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. $227.9800 Strong Buy or Hold
SUI Sun Communities Inc $92.3800 Very Concerned, may need to wait
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc $96.5400 Some Concerns, may need to wait
THRM Gentherm Inc $32.2500 Very Concerned, may need to wait
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. $191.1700 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
TRN Trinity Industries Inc $37.8800 Concerned, but watch close as good things may happen soon
UA Under Armour Inc $14.1400 Strong Buy or Hold
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc $225.3300 Very Concerned, may need to wait

Symbol Stock Price change today
NFLX Netflix, Inc. 3.474%
HDSN Hudson Technologies, Inc. 1.99%
CVCO Cavco Industries, Inc. 1.8949%
IDXX IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. 1.3402%
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp 1.2283%
SBUX Starbucks Corporation 0.9429%
STZ Constellation Brands, Inc. 0.885%
TRN Trinity Industries Inc 0.8788%
THRM Gentherm Inc 0.7813%
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc 0.7514%
CRUS Cirrus Logic, Inc. 0.6159%
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc 0.5655%
COF Capital One Financial Corp. 0.5514%
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. 0.4615%
LULU Lululemon Athletica inc. 0.4162%
EXR Extra Space Storage, Inc. 0.4004%
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 0.384%
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. 0.3722%
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 0.3714%
PCLN Priceline Group Inc 0.3533%
AYI Acuity Brands, Inc. 0.3442%
AMZN Amazon 0.3248%
AAPL Apple Inc. 0.2814%
MIDD Middleby Corp 0.2681%
MET Metlife Inc 0.2365%
FB Facebook Inc 0.1689%
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 0.1167%
LNCE Snyder's-Lance Inc 0.0799%
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. 0.0774%
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. 0.0683%
BWLD Buffalo Wild Wings 0.032%
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. 0.0132%
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 0%
CBPO China Biologic Products Inc -0.0126%
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc -0.1418%
MCK McKesson Corporation -0.1835%
HZO MarineMax Inc -0.2571%
DPZ Domino's Pizza, Inc. -0.3096%
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc -0.3307%
SUI Sun Communities Inc -0.3344%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd -0.3874%
GOOGL Alphabet Inc -0.4009%
HSKA Heska Corp -0.429%
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc -0.5181%
UA Under Armour Inc -0.6325%
GTN Gray Television, Inc. -0.8824%
SAM Boston Beer Company Inc -1.9013%
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation -2.0395%