This year it has paid to be a U.S. company.
CNBC screened 120 companies in the S&P that derived more than 98 percent of sales from the United States. While the FTSE CNBC Global 300 is up 6 percent, the overall S&P is up more than 8.5 percent. The 120 American companies have seen gains on par with the S&P.
Among the best performing sector in that group are homebuilders, like Pulte Homes — up 75 percent, as we’ve seen more encouraging data on housing .
“Over the past week we got every housing number that was positive," said Peter Bookvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak. “They're all pointing to kind of a bottoming process, but there's a long way between a bottoming process and a natural recovery.”
Seven of the top 20 best performing stocks are financials. The sector is up about 13.5 percent year-to-date. But what’s interesting is that utilities, up just 3 percent year-to-date, have been surpassed by the performance of these less defensive sectors.
“Financials have a low exposure...and consumer discretionary also has a relatively low foreign exposure,” said Sam Stovall, Chief Investment officer at S&P.Page 1 of 2 | Next Page