Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Top Sectors for 2018
Sam Subramanian PhD, MBA
If you are looking for the best growth stocks to buy now, this list of stodgy stalwarts from top sectors is worth checking. For one, all of them have strong near-term growth prospects. Second, some of them provide meaty dividends as well.
U. S. companies have exceeded investors' first-quarter profit expectations.
S&P 500 members grew their profits by 25% year-over-year last quarter compared to analysts' forecasts for 17% growth at the end of March.
As of June 22, the S&P 500 index is up 4% year-to-date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up fractionally.
Insulated from global economic issues, smaller company stocks have fared better.
The Russell 2000 index of small-cap companies is up 10%.
As the mid-point of 2018 draws near, optimism on continued synchronized global economic expansion is being challenged by worries of rising trade protectionism, inflation, and interest rates.
How is this tug-of-war between the positive and negative forces impacting earnings expectations at a sector level?
Which sectors do analysts expect to show the highest growth for 2018?
High Growth Sectors for 2018
Here is what FactSet data show as of June 22:
Analysts are forecasting S&P 500 companies to grow earnings by 19.8% in 2018.
That's up from their forecast for 17.7% growth in earnings on March 31.
Earnings are expected to grow in all 11 sectors.
Analysts have raised their earnings growth forecasts for nine of the 11 sectors since March 31; consumer staples and telecom services are the only exceptions.
The energy sector is forecasted to contribute substantially to the S&P 500's earnings growth in 2018. Analysts expect earnings to grow at 29 of the 31 energy companies included in the S&P 500 index.
Earnings growth is expected to be strongest in the energy, materials, and financial sectors.
Earnings growth is expected to be less robust in interest-rate sensitive sectors like utilities and real estate.
High growth sectors are a logical place to look for the best growth stocks to buy now.
So, what specific companies currently offer above-average earnings growth prospects?
Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now
The following is a compilation of large U. S. companies forecasted to grow their EPS at a rate higher than the 19.8% rate for the S&P 500 index.
Companies with a market capitalization of over $25 billion are included in this list.
The list is pruned to three companies in sectors with several companies showing above-average growth.
1. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Consumer Discretionary Sector
- Amazon (AMZN): 175%
- Netflix (NFLX): 128%
- Charter Communications (CHTR): 45%
2. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Consumer Staples Sector
- Estee Lauder (EL): 29%
- Monster Beverage (MNST): 24%
- Costco Wholesale (COST): 21%
3. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Energy Sector
- ConocoPhillips (COP): 575%
- EOG Resources (EOG): 354%
- Chevron (CVX): 112%
4. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Financial Sector
- Charles Schwab (SCHW): 48%
- Bank of America (BAC): 38%
- JPMorgan Chase (JPM): 29%
5. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Health Care Sector
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX): 63%
- AbbVie (ABBV): 39%
- UnitedHealth Group (UNH): 25%
6. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now Stocks in Industrial Sector
- Caterpillar (CAT): 58%
- Boeing (BA): 43%
- Union Pacific (UNP): 32%
7. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Information Technology Sector
- Salesforce.com (CRM): 70%
- NVIDIA (NVDA): 56%
- Adobe Systems (ADBE): 56%
8. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Materials Sector
- Sherwin-Williams (SHW): 25%
- DowDuPont (DWDP): 24%
9. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Real Estate Sector
- Equinix (EQIX): 40%
- Weyerhaeuser (WY): 29%
- Crown Castle International (CCI): 22%
10. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Telecommunication Services Sector
- Verizon Communications (VZ): 23%
11. Best Growth Stocks to Buy Now in Utilities Sector
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