Best Stocks of the Year: Walmart, Apple, Nvidia

2020 wasn’t the easiest year to make money in the stock market, given the coronavirus pandemic, but if you were patient and smart, you could still have done well.  TheStreet writers and experts evaluated stock performance, quarterly results versus expectations and execution against strategy to come up with their top […]

2020 wasn’t the easiest year to make money in the stock market, given the coronavirus pandemic, but if you were patient and smart, you could still have done well. 

TheStreet writers and experts evaluated stock performance, quarterly results versus expectations and execution against strategy to come up with their top picks for the year. These picks, some of which were unveiled this week, will continue to be revealed this week and next, with our pick for Stock of the Year to be announced on Monday, Dec. 21. Please check TheStreet often between now and then.  

Picks 25-21 20-16 15-11

10. Costco

2020 stock performance*: +33%

Only a shallow drawdown during the COVID-19 selloff. From February peak to trough, Costco  (COST) – Get Report only dropped 16.6% as investors quickly recognized this essential retailer is where the consumer would flock to pantry load and “panic buy” on goods.

The company’s style of reporting monthly sales provided great transparency into how it was performing and the consumer trends it was seeing. Costco has been a clear winner from a consumer who wants quality products at low prices. The company has delivered double-digit percent total comps since June. Meanwhile, membership fee income has grown, and retention rates are strong.

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