This stock market is like a beauty contest where the recognizable names get all the attention. So far this year Apple, Google, and Microsoft account for about a third of the return for the S&P 500. Worse yet, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon account for about two-thirds of the return for the S&P 500. And how about all the attention from Wall Street? According to Bloomberg the number of analyst recommendations on each of these five stocks is: Apple 51, Google 50, Microsoft 37, Facebook 53, and Amazon 42. The rest of the stocks in the S&P 500 have an average of only 23 analyst recommendations. That’s a lot of attention on just five companies.
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E.J. Smith is Founder of YourSurvivalGuy.com, Managing Director at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd., a Managing Editor of Richardcyoung.com, and Editor-in-Chief of Youngresearch.com. E.J. graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in finance and investments. In 1995, E.J. began his investment career at Fidelity Investments in Boston before joining Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. in 1998. E.J. has trained at Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. His first drum set was a 5-piece Slingerland with Zilldjians. He grew-up worshiping Neil Peart of the band Rush, and loves the song Tom Sawyer—the name of his family’s boat, a Grady-White Canyon 306. He grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, an idyllic small town on the water near Cape Cod. He spends time in Newport, RI and Bartlett, NH—both as far away from Wall Street as one could mentally get. The Newport office is on a quiet, tree lined street not far from the harbor and the log cabin in Bartlett, NH, the “Live Free or Die” state, sits on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. He enjoys spending time in Key West and Paris. Please get in touch with E.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org.