These are the top-performing stocks of 2021 and our 2022 sector predictions – The Average Joe

    These are the top-performing stocks of 2021 and our 2022 sector predictions

    Victor Lei β€” Head of Research

    January 6, 2022

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    January 6, 2022

    Time to make some 2022 predictions, disappear for a year β€” and see everyone again in 2023. Before that, let’s take a look at the top performers of last year.

    A mix bag of industries

    According to MW, the top three performing stocks of 2021 were:

    • Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN β€” 196% return) β€” oil and gas (O&G) company
    • Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO β€” 150%) β€” an O&G company
    • Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA β€” 143%) β€” a biotech company

    What a year to be bullish on oil! O&G companies made up 6 of the top 20 performers in the S&P 500, riding the trend of rising O&G prices while Moderna benefited from vaccine rollouts.

    Also in the top 10 were companies from various industries including Fortinet (cybersecurity), Signature Bank (financials), Ford (automotive), Bath & Body Works (retail), and Nvidia (semiconductor).

    2022 theme: Value investments

    The top three performing sectors in 2021 were: energy, real estate and information technology.

    It’s difficult β€” but not impossible β€” for sectors to remain in the top 3 for several years β€” with info tech and consumer discretionary (non-essential goods) being exceptions.

    Now the fun part. For 2022, value is the name of the game β€” with our top 3 sector predictions being:

    • Consumer Discretionary β€” US consumer spending to remain strong with more travel demand expected.
    • Communications β€” Relatively low valuations of companies flushed with cash and ready to buy back their stock.
    • Financials β€” Rising interest rates (expected in 2022) to benefit the sector.

    Financials have been the obvious trade β€” with most of the Fed expecting three rate increases in 2022.

    Investors: Top-down strategy

    One method to investing is using a top-down approach β€” determining which sectors will drive returns β€” then look for companies within that sector. Investors can also use a basket approach with ETFs (ELI5):

    • Communications ETF β€” Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLC).
    • Consumer Discretionary ETF β€” Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLY).
    • Financials ETF β€” Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF).

    Instead of leaving it here with our predictions, over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a deeper look at each of these sectors to explain why we’re bullish on them for the year.

    See JOTD below for a look into the communications sector.

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