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Apple Stocks

Apple stock remains a clear favourite for dividend investors who are interested in not only a significant dividend payout, but a history of consistent increases. Apple still holds cash reserves of about $145 billion and a free annual cash flow of approximately $54 billion, which means investors who value income, will have it first on their ‘wish list’.

Tesla Stocks

The Tesla IPO was launched on June 29, 2010, listing on the exchange under the ticker TSLA. The company issued 13,300,000 shares to the public at $17 per share, raising $226 million. Tesla was the first American car manufacturer to go public since Ford Motor Company’s 1956 IPO. By 2014, Tesla’s market value was half that of Ford.

Amazon Stocks

Amazon relies on its continuously growing stock value to keep its investors happier rather than paying dividends. And they could be right; as Amazon shares are one of the most attractive for investors.

Google Stocks

Google is one of the world’s largest companies, and probably one of the best-known globally. As such, its stock’s volume is relatively high, making Google one of the ideal candidates for the CFD market. At AvaTrade, you can trade Google stock on a contract for difference basis on our intuitive and powerful.

Coca-Cola Stocks

The Coca-Cola Company has a history that is almost as rich as its cultural legacy. It all began in 1919 when a consortium of business people that was led by Ernest Woodruff (who was Robert W. Woodruff’s father) bought the company for $25 million.

Tesco UK Stocks

Tesco is listed on the London Stock Exchange, under the ticker TSCO. Tesco is also part of the , with a market cap of 21.24 billion GBP, as of last October.

Facebook Stocks

Facebook got one of the highest valuations in history for a newly public company. In the years following the IPO, the Facebook stock continued to perform strongly, and in mid-2018, the company’s market cap reached close to $500 billion. Facebook shares can be traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker FB.

Microsoft Stocks

In 2018, Microsoft has reached a market cap of $886 billion, making it the fourth largest publicly traded technology company in the world, trailing only Apple Inc, Alphabet and Amazon.

Boeing Stocks

Boeing has been a regular dividend payer, despite swings in its stock price. Since the turn of the millennium, Boeing has paid out incremental quarterly dividends from $0.14 a share in 2000 to a peak of $1.72 a share in 2018.

Adidas Stocks

Adidas is also part of the DAX-30, which compromises only the biggest German companies listed on the stock market. Adidas is traded under the Apparel & Textile Products Industry and under the Consumer Discretionary sector.

Netflix Stocks

Netflix is listed on the NASDAQ exchange in the Consumer Services category, where it trades under the ticker NFLX. Interestingly, Netflix is part of the "FANG" (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google), which are regarded as high-momentum, as well as the most traded stocks in the world.

Daimler Stocks

Daimler AG is listed on both the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Stuttgart Stock Exchange, where it trades under the ticker symbol DAI. Daimler stock is also part of the DAX 30 and Euro STOXX 50 indices.

HSBC Stocks

HSBC is a popular stock with investors, with the bank boasting over 200,000 shareholders spread across more than 125 countries. The company has a dual primary share listing on the London Stock Exchange in the UK (trading under the HSBA ticker) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (trading under the HKG ticker: 0005).

PayPal Stocks

PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL) debuted on the NASDAQ exchange in July 2015 at $38 a share after being spun off from eBay. Shares remained in a range of $30 to $40 from then until the beginning of 2017, when they finally began to take off in response to significant growth in PayPal’s revenues and profits.

Nike Stocks

Nike has been a generous dividend payer. The company started paying quarterly dividends in 1984 and has increased its payouts consistently since 2004 to the current 0.22 per share in 2019. This is a clear demonstration of the success of its business, as well as the company’s commitment to increasing shareholder value.

Walt Disney Stocks

As of the end of 2018, Disney is one of the world’s largest media conglomerates, owning a large number of theme parks and resorts, cable television networks, radio stations and even its own cruise liners. Despite all this, Disney remains true to its roots by continuing to produce thrilling new films and exciting television series.

Vodafone Stocks

Vodafone’s primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange, where it is one of the constituent securities of the FTSE 100 Index. The company trades under the ticker VOD. When the company was initially floated on the exchange on October 11, 1988, each of its ordinary shares was sold at 170p each.

Adobe Stocks

Adobe started paying quarterly dividends in 1989 when it paid out $0.04 per share. The dividend amount rose to a high of $0.1 per share by 1993, before shrinking to a mere $0.0125 by 2005, when Adobe stopped paying cash dividends altogether.

Teva Stocks

Teva has been a generous dividend payer. It started paying out dividends in February 2005, dishing out $0.30 per share quarterly to shareholders. The quarterly dividends grew consistently until 2014 when Teva paid out $1.21 per share.

Siemens Stocks

Siemens is a global powerhouse operating in the following key reportable segments: Power and Gas, Energy Management, Building Technologies, Mobility, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, Healthineers and Financial Services.

Groupon Stocks

Groupon had a valuation of more than $16 billion, and they successfully raised $700 million for the company. This IPO was the second-biggest tech IPO in history, behind the $1.7 billion Google raised in 2004. Groupon is listed in the Mixed Retailing Industry, under the Retail/Wholesale sector. Groupon has had no stock splits, and they have never paid out dividends.

Exxon Mobil Stocks

ExxonMobil ranks second in the 2018 Fortune 500 list, and they are the largest non-governmental oil company in the world, producing 3% of the world’s oil and energy. ExxonMobil Corporation is the world’s ninth largest company by revenue, with Walmart in the top spot. By market capitalisation, in January 2018, this company had a market cap of $370 billion, but with the declining oil prices, ExxonMobil’s market cap declined to $319 billion by November 2018.

Bayer Stocks

As of December 2018, Bayer stock was trading at circa €60 per share, with a market capitalisation of circa €55 billion. Bayer has always been on the watch list of value investors and has been a consistent performer.

Barclays Stocks

Barclays has always sought to maintain an active portfolio, and over the years, the bank has been engaged in acquisitions and divestitures. Its most notable buys include Nile Bank, Standard Life, Oakes Millers, First Assurance and the core business of the defunct Lehman Brothers.

Ford Stocks

Ford is the second largest U.S. automaker, behind General Motors. It is also the fifth largest global automaker behind Toyota (Japan), Volkswagen (Germany), Hyundai-Kia (South Korea), and General Motors (U.S.) based on 2015 production numbers. Ford has been a publicly traded company since 1956, but the Ford family has maintained control over the company through their 40% voting rights conveyed by the special class B shares they own.

Sony Stocks

Sony’s stock (TYO: 6758) began trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange back in 1958 and is also listed at the American NYSE, which is the preferred stock for trading at AvaTrade. Obviously, we won’t go back that far in the price history of Sony’s stock.

Levi's Strauss Stocks

The IPO price for Levi’s stocks was $17 a share. It did well in the first month of trading, hitting a high of $24.19 and closing out the month at $22.19 a share. Things haven’t been so great since then, however.

Bank of America Stocks

Bank of America is the second largest U.S. bank, behind JPMorgan Chase. It serves over 10% of all the U.S. bank deposits and competes directly in the consumer banking space with JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and others.

Take-Two Stocks

The Take-Two Interactive stock trades on the electronic Nasdaq exchange (NASDAQ: TTWO). It went public on April 15, 1997, at $3.6667 a share. Considering the stock opened 2020 at a share price of $123.00, you can see early investors have been well rewarded over the years.

Activision Stocks

Activision stocks debuted in 1993 at $1.25 a share, but the stock remained relatively unchanged for seven years before finally beginning to rise at the start of 2001. The stocks continued to rally over the next 18 months, finally reaching a high of $4.38 in June 2002. Shares pulled back, losing more than 50% over the next 10 months.

Micron Tech Stocks

Micron became a publicly held company in 1984 but wasn’t listed on the New York Stock Exchange until 1990 under the ticker symbol MU. After a decade on the NYSE, the company transferred its stock exchange listing to the Nasdaq, retaining the MU ticker symbol. Over the initial years of Micron stocks, the price remained largely between $1 and $2 a share, with occasional dips below $1 and up to $3

Nvidia Stocks

Nvidia held its initial public offering (IPO) on the 29th of January 1999, listing on the NASDAQ exchange where it trades under the ticker symbol NVDA. It falls under the Technology sector, in the Semiconductors industry. As a major player in the technology space, NVDA has always been a closely watched stock for both long term and short-term investors and traders.

Metlife Stocks

In April 2000, investors got the first stock trading opportunity in MetLife in 85 years. The stock was listed on the NYSE as MET and debuted at $14.25 a share. It was popular with investors, and even as the dot-com bubble was exploding and sending tech stocks crashing lower shares of MetLife rose more than 100% by the end of the year to a December 2000 high of $32.52 a share.

Alibaba Stocks

Alibaba is a multi-national conglomerate, best known for its ecommerce businesses. Formed in 1999 in Hangzhou, China, it has grown to be the largest retailer and ecommerce platform in the world. It is also the world’s largest artificial intelligence and internet companies, one of the biggest venture capital firms, and one of the biggest investment corporations in the world.

Att Stocks

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AT&T Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate holding company that was founded in 1983, and it is a global leader in the provision of telecommunications and digital entertainment services. Going further back in time, AT&T has a rich history that is linked to the 19th-century invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. A series of anti-monopoly lawsuits led to divisions and divestitures, giving birth to the modern-day AT&T Inc., which no doubt still remains a giant conglomerate

Intel Stocks

Intel is the largest and most highly valued semiconductor chip maker in the world. As the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors the Intel chips are found in a large majority of personal computers and servers. Intel is one of the oldest technology companies, having been founded in 1968, and its stock has traded since late 1979, having gained roughly 2,000% since then (as of June 2020). Intel’s largest customers include Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Apple.

HSBC Stocks

HSBC Holdings PLC is a British banking and financial services holding company that operates globally, serving more than 38 million customers worldwide in 66 countries and territories. As of 2018, the company is the world’s 7th largest bank and the largest within Europe. It holds assets totalling almost £2.52 trillion.

Visa Stocks

Visa provides a global network that enables the cross-border transfer of value and information. The network facilitates not only the clearing and settlement of financial transactions but also the authorisation of these transactions. Over the years, Visa has also added many additional platforms, products, and value-added services while all contribute to its estimated nearly $23 billion in revenues in 2019.

Under Armour Stocks

Under Armour launched in 1996, with founder Kevin Plank selling his new moisture-wicking t-shirts out of the trunk of his car. He travelled up-and-down the East coast of the U.S. and sold $17,000 that year. Since then Under Armour has expanded into every area of athletic apparel and footwear, generating billions of dollars in annual sales.

Uber Stocks

Uber Technologies (NYSE: UBER), most commonly referred to as simply Uber, is a mobility services company, best known for its ride-hailing service. In addition, it also has a food delivery service and a micro-mobility service featuring scooters and bikes. Uber freight matches shippers and carriers, and Uber Health provides ride-sharing for patients, caregivers, and staff. They also began testing flight services and is working on making self-driving cars a reality.

Shell Stocks

The Royal Dutch Shell Company, commonly known as Shell, is one of the largest oil and petrochemical companies in the world, with interests in virtually the entire oil value chain, from exploration through to oil trading. Shell has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, but it is also cross-listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Euronext Amsterdam.

Ferrari Stocks

The name Ferrari and the iconic black prancing horse on a yellow background have become synonymous with luxury and wealth, as well as the definitive symbol of Italian excellence in technology, innovation, performance and pleasure. Headquartered in Maranello, Italy, Ferrari is involved in the designing, manufacturing and sale of luxury and high-performance cars

Wal Mart Stocks

Walmart is the world’s biggest retail chain as well as the largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue, as of October 2020. So large is Walmart that its annual revenues are more than three times that of its nearest competitor, France’s Carrefour. The retail giant was founded by Sam Walton on July 2nd, 1962, and it is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas USA. As of October 2020, Walmart is the largest private employer in the world.

Snapchat Stocks

Snap Inc. simply describes itself as a camera company. The company was founded by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy on September 16th, 2011 and it is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, USA. Snapchat took off to an impressive start and immediately appealed to the lucrative younger generation demographic that is constantly online and by all means, hard to impress.

P&G Stocks

Procter & Gamble is a true giant in the consumer goods space, with the company boasting dozens of products and more than $67 billion in revenues in 2019. P&G is one of the most recognisable brands in the world and it is the manufacturer of popular consumer goods, such as Always, Ariel, Oral-B, Gillette, Luvs and Old Spice. The company was founded by William Procter and James Gamble on October 31st, 1837, and it is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Pfizer Stocks

Pfizer is one of the largest research-based pharmaceutical companies in the world as of October 2020. The company discovers, develops and sells medicines and vaccines that help both humans and animals advance their health as well as prevent, treat and cure various types of diseases.

McDonald's Stocks

McDonald’s is easily one of the most recognisable brands, with the company being one of the largest fast-food chains in the world as of 2020. The company was founded by siblings, Richard and Maurice McDonald, on May 15th, 1940. The restaurant operated as a popular hamburger stand and laid the foundations of the mammoth global company well known around the world today.

Goldman Sachs Stocks

Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 by Marcus Goldman, and the company has been a notable player in the finance field for over 150 years. The company is headquartered in New York City and serves its customers through four distinct business segments: Investment Banking; Global Markets; Asset Management; as well as Consumer & Wealth Management.

Johnson & Johnson Stocks

Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational company involved in the manufacture and sale of products in the broad healthcare field. Its products are sold through three distinct business segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. The company was founded in 1886 by Robert Johnson, James Johnson and Edward Johnson; and is headquartered in New Jersey, USA.

JP Morgan Stocks

Headquartered in New York, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) was founded on December 1st, 2000 following the merger of J.P. Morgan & Co and Chase Manhattan Corporation, in an all-stock deal. The company brought together companies with a storied heritage in American banking history. At the time of the merger, JPM became the second most valuable company in America, with assets totalling around $650 billion.

General Motors Stocks

The company quickly consolidated several motorcar companies, and by 1929, it stood tall as America’s leading manufacturer of passenger cars, eclipsing the iconic Ford Motor Company. By 1931, GM had become the biggest manufacturer of motor vehicles in the world, and a symbol of American industrial prowess. Continued expansion in the next few years was also helped by its involvement in manufacturing military equipment during World War II.

General Electric Stocks

General Electric is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world as of September 2020. The company was founded in 1892 by the fabled inventor, Thomas Edison. General Electric is now a technology and financial services giant that operates in 5 key segments: Power, Renewable Energy, Aviation, Healthcare and Capital.

Citigroup Stocks

Citigroup is the product of the mega-merger between banking giant, Citicorp, and non-banking financial services and insurance services behemoth, Travelers Group. The deal was valued at more than $140 billion and it combined companies that cumulatively had assets worth over $700 billion. Citicorp’s origins can be traced as far back as 1811 when the City Bank of New York was incorporated. The bank would grow its footprint as New York grew into America’s business and financial hub.

Chevron Stocks

Chevron is an integrated energy company with operations in over 180 countries around the world. The company operates through two primary business segments: Upstream and Downstream. The upstream segment involves the exploration and production of crude oil and gas, whereas the downstream segment involves refining, transportation and marketing.

Berkshire Hathaway Stocks

Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest and most iconic companies in this generation. It is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and operates as a massive holding company that out rightly owns big companies such as GEICO, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom and Duracell. Plus, it also holds significant minority stakes in companies such as Coca Cola, American Express and Kraft Heinz Company.

American Express Stocks

American Express Company (commonly known as AMEX) is a global financial services company that provides charge and credit card services as well as various travel solutions. The company serves both businesses and consumers through three distinct business segments: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, as well as Global Merchant and Network Services. The company was founded on March 18th, 1850, when three companies consolidated their businesses.

Starbucks Stocks

Starbucks is one of the leading coffee house chains in the world. The company retails, sells and provides its own special brand of coffee as well as other beverages and food types. Starbucks was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker in 1971 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA. The company has been credited with contributing to the second wave of coffee culture. Starbucks is a multinational company that has operations in over 70 countries, with more than 30,000 stores decorated with the iconic green mermaid.

Medtronic Stocks

Medtronic is the world’s leading medical technology and services company. The company’s mission is to contribute to healthy human living through the application of biomedical engineering. Medtronic researches, designs, manufactures and sells health instruments and appliances in over 160 countries around the world. The company was founded in 1949 and it serves its clients through four distinct business segments: Cardiac and Vascular Group, Restorative Therapies Group, Minimally Invasive Technologies Group and Diabetes Group.

IBM Stocks

IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) is a mammoth technology company that serves its customers through five business segments: Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems, Global Business Services, Cognitive Solutions, and Global Financing. The company was founded on June 16th, 1911, when Charles Flint amalgamated four companies that had focused on technology since the 1880s. Thomas Watson would later join as a co-founder, and he helped shape one of the biggest technological influencers in modern history.

BP Stocks

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, BP Plc was founded on April 14th, 1909 by William Knoxx. The company operates worldwide as an integrated oil and gas company and offers its services through 3 major business segments: Upstream, Downstream and Rosneft. The Upstream segment includes oil and gas exploration, and the midstream as transportation as well as storage and processing. The Downstream segment includes refining, manufacturing, marketing and the transportation of end products to wholesale and retail customers.

Advanced Micro Devices Stocks

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), that is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, US, is a company that produces semiconductor products and components for computers and electronic devices. AMD was founded on May 1st, 1969 by Jerry Sanders and former fellow executives of Fairchild Semiconductors. The company operates in two primary business segments: Computing and Graphics. Their technology is used in personal computers; as well as enterprise, embedded and semi-custom, which is focused on more powerful and specialised processing.

AbbVie Stocks

AbbVie is based in the U.S., it is a global company, with over 30,000 employees in more than 75 countries around the world. It is research-driven, coming up with innovative therapies for some of the most difficult, complex, and critical illnesses and diseases. AbbVie’s mission is for its dedicated team of experts to uniquely approach innovations that lead to better treatments in the areas of neuroscience, virology, oncology, and immunology.

SalesForce Stocks Inc. (NYSE: CRM) often referred to as Salesforce, is a cloud-based software company. Headquarters in San Francisco, CA, USA, it was started during the dot-com book in 1999 by a group of former Oracle employees as a software as a service (SaaS) firm. The founding team members wrote the original CRM software and began launching it to customers from September through November of 1999. Its core product is a customer relationship management (CRM) suite, and it sells complimentary software focused on application development, analytics, automation, marketing, and customer service.

Top Stocks FAQ

  • What are the top stocks to day trade?

    The top day trading stocks are going to be those that have good trading volume and ample liquidity, along with daily price moves that are large enough to get in the stock and out while still making a nice profit. Many of the stocks in our list of top stocks to trade will fit the bill for this nicely, but not all the time. You will need to keep an eye on them to know when they are seeing increased trading volumes or increased volatility. When you see that it’s the time to strike.

  • What are the top stocks for making money trading?

    You can make money with most stocks if you’re able to predict the direction their price will take accurately. The key is to find the stocks where it is easier to predict the direction their price will take. You can do this by looking for stocks that are trending and go along with the momentum. You can also watch for the trending stock to pullback, and then strike when the trend resumes. Many of the stocks we mention in our top stocks to trade have been very good to traders in 2020, and many can be expected to continue to reward traders in coming years as well.

  • What are the top stocks for new traders?

    New traders should focus on well-known names that are popular in the markets and that have good daily trading volumes. These are also names that should be familiar to the trader, and they should be businesses that the trader understands well. Many of the companies we mention in our top stocks to trade are going to be good candidates for new traders. Most important is your own interest in the company. If it’s a company you already know and like you are more likely to conduct in-depth research that will let you know when the time is right to trade on that stock.