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Top 20 trades on the NYSE in 2019 - Sharesight20

by David Olsen, Senior Marketing Manager — Content/SEO, Sharesight | Jan 23rd 2020
Disclaimer: The below article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a product recommendation, or taxation or financial advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please check with your financial adviser or accountant to obtain the correct advice for your situation.

In this Sharesight20 yearly trading snapshot we look at the 20 most traded stocks by Sharesight users on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2019 and examine how they performed during the year.

Let’s dive into 2019’s top 20 trades.

Sharesight20 top 20 NYSE trades in 2019

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Investors using Sharesight bought The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) significantly more than any other stock listed on the NYSE in 2019. Disney had a strong year, acquiring rival 20th Century Fox in March before launching Netflix rival Disney+ in November.

Now let’s look at the performance of these stocks in 2019.

Top 20 NYSE trades in 2019 - performance

To calculate the performance of these stocks during 2019 we built a Sharesight portfolio domiciled in the same country as the exchange (to remove the impact of currency fluctuations) that contained these 20 stocks and invested an equally weighted (5% of the total portfolio) amount in each stock on January 1st 2019 (or the first listed date for stocks that listed after that date).

We then ran Sharesight’s Performance Report to calculate the portfolio’s 2019 performance. Here’s the results, ordered by Total Return.

Code Name Capital Gain % Dividends % Total Return %
SHOP Shopify Inc - Ordinary Shares - Class A 187.17% 0.00% 187.17%
AYX Alteryx Inc - Ordinary Shares - Class A 68.27% 0.00% 68.27%
MA Mastercard Incorporated - Ordinary Shares - Class A 58.28% 0.70% 58.98%
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd - ADR 54.74% 0.00% 54.74%
BAC Bank Of America Corp. 42.94% 2.68% 45.62%
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 42.80% 3.38% 46.18%
V Visa Inc - Ordinary Shares - Class A 42.41% 0.80% 43.21%
T AT&T, Inc. 36.93% 7.15% 44.08%
DIS Walt Disney Co (The) 31.96% 1.61% 33.57%
VOO Vanguard Group, Inc. - Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 28.72% 2.42% 31.14%
VTI Vanguard Group, Inc. - Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 28.20% 2.28% 30.47%
CRM Salesforce.Com Inc 18.74% 0.00% 18.74%
KO Coca-Cola Co 16.90% 3.38% 20.27%
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 13.03% 2.91% 15.94%
SQ Square Inc - Ordinary Shares - Class A 11.54% 0.00% 11.54%
BRK/B Berkshire Hathaway Inc. - Ordinary Shares - Class B 10.93% 0.00% 10.93%
TWLO Twilio Inc - Ordinary Shares Class A 10.06% 0.00% 10.06%
BA Boeing Co. 1.01% 2.55% 3.56%
ABBV Abbvie Inc -3.96% 4.64% 0.68%
UBER Uber Technologies Inc -33.91% 0.00% -33.91%
Total 32.27% 1.64% 33.91%

Canadian ecommerce giant Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) was the standout performer with returns of 187.17% in 2019. The top dividend performer was AT&T (NYSE: T) with a dividend yield of 7.15%.

Overall an equally weighted portfolio of these 20 stocks would have returned 33.91%, which only very slightly outperformed an ETF tracking the S&P 500 such as Vanguard’s (NYSE: VOO) which returned 31.14%.

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