Stocks That Go Up

10/27/2014


There's nothing quite like a strong chart pattern. Over the past five weeks, they have become tougher to find.

We at the Forecasts don't rely too much on technical analysis for individual stock picks, but we appreciate a good chart as much as the next guy. Below, check out Kroger's ($54; KR) impressive move. Of our 10 recommended stocks that managed at least a 10% return during last six months, Kroger provided the smoothest ride.

Even during periods when stocks are rising, you can't count on such a consistent stream of higher highs and higher lows. Both Foot Locker ($55; FL) and Lam Research ($72; LRCX) have posted six-month total returns of at least 10%, but they took rockier paths to get there than Kroger.

The disparity in chart patterns makes sense, as the consumer staples sector — home of Kroger — has historically been less cyclical and volatile than other sectors. This week we looked for stocks in sectors that have held up well over the last one, three, and six months.

WHO'S HOLDING UP?
--- Total Return Of Average Stock ---
Sector
1
Month
(%)
3
Months
(%)
6
Months
(%)
Cons. Discretionary
(3)
(4)
0
Consumer Staples
(2)
(1)
1
Energy
(15)
(21)
(20)
Financials
0
(2)
3
Health Care
0
0
9
Industrials
(5)
(6)
(2)
Technology
(6)
(7)
1
Materials
(6)
(8)
(3)
Telecom Services
(2)
(3)
6
Utilities
4
3
7
S&P 1500 Index
(3)
(5)
0

Four sectors — consumer staples, financials, health care, and utilities — topped the broader index's return by at least 2% in all three periods. Our Buy List features seven stocks from those resilient sectors:

Consumer staples: CVS Health ($83; CVS) and Kroger.

Financials: Ameriprise ($115; AMP), Jones Lang LaSalle ($127; JLL), and Wells Fargo ($50; WFC).

Health care: Aetna ($78; AET).

Utilities: UGI ($36; UGI).


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