Missed Out on Corn and Gold’s Five-Year Surge? Here are Five Stocks That Crushed Them

Turns out that the color yellow was the best investment theme of the past five years. Corn and gold have posted the biggest gains since the onset of the financial crisis in the summer of 2007, according to an asset class ranking from Deutsche Bank.

US Corn Farm Price Received Chart

US Corn Farm Price Received data by YCharts

Stocks? Not so much, based on the broad market barometer.

US Corn Farm Price Received Chart

US Corn Farm Price Received data by YCharts

Coming on the heels of the Bill Gross death of the cult of equities manifesto it looks like another nail in the stock coffin.

But only if you just stick to the headline numbers. There’s no denying that stocks in the aggregate have had a lousy five years. Or ten. But what the index benchmark obscures is that plenty of individual companies have made a lot of money for investors the past five years.

Not obscure small caps that you need extra-refined stock picking radar to locate. We’re talking big time blue chips. Taking a spin through the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, Priceline (PCLN), Apple (AAPL), TJX Companies (TJX), Amazon (AMZN), and MasterCard (MA) all posted price gains that beat the corn/gold trade.

PCLN Chart

PCLN data by YCharts

Just a notch lower than those S&P 500 scorchers, DirectTV (DTV), Union Pacific (UNP) and YUM Brands (YUM) managed to almost or more than double investors’ money over the past five years.

DTV Chart

DTV data by YCharts

And another batch of S&P 500 constituents, including McDonalds (MCD), IBM (IBM) and Nike (NKE) delivered a pretty sizable equity premium over bonds for the past five years.

MCD Chart

MCD data by YCharts

Granted, the 40% price hike for the Barclays Bond index was a much smoother ride than what stock investors had to stomach. That shouldn’t be surprising. The more important takeaway is that while the debate will continue to roar over whether the overarching cult of equities is dead, clearly opportunities abound for individual stocks.

Carla Fried is an editor for the YCharts Pro Investor Service which includes professional stock charts, stock ratings and portfolio strategies.



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