The U.S. bull market has now become the longest on record since World War II by avoiding a drop of 20% or more (the traditional definition of a bear market). Its run of 3,453 days or nine and-a-half years outpaced the 3,452-day record set during Sep 11, 1990 to Mar 24, 2000.
Though this bull run is the longest ever, it is the second powerful with gains of 324% for the S&P 500, just behind the 417% rally seen during the 1990-2000 run. The downgrade of America's credit rating in 2011, the collapse of the euro, Greece turmoil, Japan’s recession, China's alarming economic slowdown, the oil price carnage, recent tech sell-off, inflation threats and the U.S.-China trade turmoil caused a major setback during this period, leading to even a drop of 10% or more (correction territory) several times.
A host of challenges kept threatening the longevity of the bullish trend. Yet, the market has not only survived, but also easily outplayed them. This is mainly thanks to a technology surge, an unprecedented era of cheap money from low interest rates, surging corporate profits and an improving economic growth.
Notably, the U.S. economy is witnessing the fastest pace of growth in nearly four years, with a nearly two-decade low unemployment rate of 3.9%, historic tax cuts, higher government spending, deregulation, rising consumer confidence and higher spending. Per Trump, “the United States is on track to hit the highest annual growth rate in over 13 years.”
Further, Q2 earnings for the S&P 500 index is expected to witness the highest quarterly growth pace in almost eight years. For full-year 2018, total earnings for the S&P 500 index are expected to be up 20.6% on 6.3% higher revenues.
Given that bullish fundamentals remained intact albeit with bouts of volatility, we have presented five stocks for investors that have performed exceptionally well in this longest bull market. What’s more, these are even likely continue their outperformance. The stocks have a top Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy), indicating rising earnings estimates and a strong earnings momentum, which should help it to outperform the market in the month ahead as well.
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN - Free Report) – Up 3049%
Based in Seattle, WA, Apple is engaged in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The stock saw a whopping earnings estimate revision of $4.83 over the past 90 days for this year, with an estimated earnings growth rate of 279.56%. The stock climbed from $60.49 as of Mar 9, 2009 to $1,904.90 as of Aug 22, 2018. It sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of C. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN - Free Report) – Up 2966%
Based in Tarrytown, NY, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and intends to commercialize therapeutic medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. The company has seen solid earnings estimate revision of $1.44 for this year over the past 90 days, with an expected earnings growth rate of 24.39%. The stock has moved up from $12.40 to $380.17 in the longest bull market, and has a Zacks Rank #2. Its VGM Score is C.
Apple Inc. (AAPL - Free Report) – Up 2595%
Based in Cupertino, CA, Apple is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players. The company has seen positive earnings estimate revision of 28 cents over the past 90 days for the fiscal (ending September 2018) and has an estimated earnings growth rate of 26.82%. The stock jumped from $7.98 as of Mar 9, 2009 to $215.05 as of Aug 22, 2018. It has a Zacks Rank #2 and VGM Score of B.
SVB Financial Group (SIVB - Free Report) – Up 2584%
Based in Santa Clara, CA, SVB Financial is a diversified financial services company, as well as a bank holding company and financial holding company. It offers a diverse set of banking and financial products and services to clients across the United States. The earnings estimate for this year has been revised up by $1.28 over the past 90 days, representing year-over-year earnings growth of 73.46%. The stock climbed from $12.15 as of Mar 9, 2009 to $326.16 as of Aug 22, 2018. It sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a VGM Score of F.
Qorvo Inc. (QRVO - Free Report) – Up 2419%
Based in Greensboro, NC, Qorvo is a provider of technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications. It saw positive earnings estimate revision of 65 cents over the past 90 days for the fiscal (ending March 2019) and has an estimated earnings growth rate of 29.71%. Shares of QRVO have gone up from $3.20 to $80.62 over 3,453 days. Qorvo has a Zacks Rank #2 and VGM Score of B.
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