The "buy American stocks" trade is gaining backers by the day—including Goldman Sachs on Tuesday—as US economic indicators continue to show improvement and investors become less-focused on Europe .
“Cyclical areas of the U.S. economy improved in late 2011 from low activity levels and we expect that trend to continue in 2012 as auto sales improve and housing activity bottoms,” said Goldman equity strategist David Kostin, in a note to clients.
“Select companies exposed to those areas of the economy have attractive risk-reward if activity normalizes, even without a strong recovery,” he added.
Those stocks include Ford , Ingersoll-Rand ,CSX ,Lowe’s and Toll Brothers , according to Goldman.
The S&P 500 is up eight percent over the last three months, compared to a mild gain for the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index and a two percent loss for the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund , which tracks global developed markets.
“The U.S. economy, though sluggish in recovery relative to past expansions, is superior to most of the world's economies (with the exception of some emerging markets) in terms of diversity of end markets, quality of global franchises, management expertise, operating execution and financial foundations,” said CNBC Contributor Doug Kass of hedge fund Seabreeze Partners Management, in a recent note.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page