Analysts favorite stocks to watch 2019

Analysts favorite stocks to watch 2019, here are the 20 stocks at S&P 500 analysts’ favorite covered by at least five sell-side analysts with 75% or more “buy” or equivalent ratings, which also have highest 12-month upside potential implied by consensus price targets given in the chart below:

Company Ticker Share ‘buy’ ratings Share neutral ratings Share ‘sell’ ratings Closing price – Dec. 9 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return – 2019 through Dec. 9
TechnipFMC PLC FTI 78% 19% 3% $18.85 $28.73 52% -1%
Diamondback Energy Inc. FANG 97% 3% 0% $83.78 $124.00 48% -9%
Marathon Petroleum Corp. MPC 89% 11% 0% $58.43 $80.65 38% 3%
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. ALXN 83% 17% 0% $112.48 $151.10 34% 16%
Pioneer Natural Resources Co. PXD 90% 10% 0% $133.19 $178.01 34% 2%
EOG Resources Inc. EOG 86% 14% 0% $74.51 $98.97 33% -14%
Concho Resources Inc. CXO 79% 18% 3% $76.58 $100.74 32% -25%
Noble Energy Inc. NBL 83% 17% 0% $21.81 $28.45 30% 19%
Baker Hughes Co. Class A BKR 86% 14% 0% $22.25 $28.82 30% 7%
L3Harris Technologies Inc. LHX 95% 5% 0% $193.62 $246.61 27% 46%
DuPont de Nemours Inc. DD 77% 23% 0% $63.84 $80.68 26% -14%
NRG Energy Inc. NRG 80% 10% 10% $38.56 $48.22 25% -2%
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 96% 4% 0% $1,749.51 $2,178.08 24% 16%
PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL 81% 17% 2% $103.78 $127.67 23% 23%
Lincoln National Corp. LNC 79% 21% 0% $57.92 $70.79 22% 16%
salesforce.com Inc. CRM 93% 7% 0% $157.48 $190.31 21% 15%
Quanta Services Inc. PWR 86% 14% 0% $40.49 $48.79 20% 35%
Williams Companies Inc. WMB 79% 21% 0% $22.90 $27.59 20% 8%
T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS 75% 25% 0% $75.87 $91.38 20% 19%
IQVIA Holdings Inc. IQV 85% 10% 5% $146.40 $176.06 20% 26%
Source: FactSet

There are five of these stocks, which are down this year. The 18 stock at  S&P 500 have underperformed this year. In year 2019, Dow Jones stocks are the worst stocks in a given year tend to rebound the following year.

Energy sector stocks has been the weakest among the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 in this year returning only 7 percent. But most of the analysts are sticking with their favorites and expect a better 2020.

Analysts favorite stocks to watch 2019, Here are the Dow Jones Industrial Average 30 components, which are sorted by percentage of buy or equivalent ratings among the analysts polled by FactSet:

Company Ticker Share ‘buy’ ratings Share neutral ratings Share ‘sell’ ratings Closing price – Dec. 9 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential Total return – 2019 through Dec. 9
Visa Inc. Class A V 92% 5% 3% $182.92 $205.18 12% 40%
Microsoft Corp. MSFT 88% 12% 0% $151.36 $161.72 7% 51%
UnitedHealth Group Inc. UNH 85% 15% 0% $277.54 $299.56 8% 13%
Merck & Co. Inc. MRK 81% 19% 0% $88.72 $97.50 10% 18%
Walt Disney Co. DIS 76% 20% 4% $146.21 $157.64 8% 34%
United Technologies Corp. UTX 75% 25% 0% $146.22 $162.94 11% 40%
Nike Inc. Class B NKE 73% 24% 3% $96.63 $104.66 8% 32%
McDonald’s Corp. MCD 73% 27% 0% $194.68 $224.17 15% 12%
Chevron Corp. CVX 72% 28% 0% $117.30 $136.09 16% 12%
Walmart Inc. WMT 67% 30% 3% $119.36 $130.24 9% 31%
Coca-Cola Co. KO 59% 41% 0% $54.07 $58.90 9% 18%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 58% 42% 0% $140.50 $150.47 7% 12%
Home Depot Inc. HD 58% 39% 3% $216.53 $241.00 11% 29%
Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO 57% 43% 0% $43.90 $52.43 19% 4%
Apple Inc. AAPL 57% 29% 14% $266.92 $261.63 -2% 72%
Boeing Co. BA 48% 52% 0% $351.21 $393.57 12% 11%
American Express Co. AXP 46% 50% 4% $120.46 $133.04 10% 28%
Procter & Gamble Co. PG 45% 46% 9% $124.87 $128.79 3% 40%
Caterpillar Inc. CAT 44% 44% 12% $142.83 $143.64 1% 16%
Pfizer Inc. PFE 42% 58% 0% $38.32 $41.89 9% -9%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. GS 40% 52% 8% $221.81 $237.68 7% 36%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM 40% 48% 12% $134.41 $125.00 -7% 42%
Intel Corp. INTC 38% 41% 21% $56.53 $57.72 2% 23%
Dow Inc. DOW 36% 59% 5% $53.27 $55.95 5% N/A
Verizon Communications Inc. VZ 30% 70% 0% $61.01 $62.18 2% 13%
International Business Machines Corp. IBM 29% 62% 9% $133.92 $149.17 11% 23%
Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 20% 76% 4% $69.66 $78.64 13% 7%
Travelers Companies Inc. TRV 18% 65% 17% $135.45 $141.06 4% 16%
3M Co. MMM 5% 79% 16% $169.83 $173.38 2% -8%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. WBA 4% 78% 18% $58.71 $57.21 -3% -11%
Source: FactSet