Investors seeking to reap gains from the S&P 500 index should focus on stocks that have the best odds of making an economic comeback, according to a new report by a consulting firm.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points to 2,639.25 on Friday, as investors continued to push the S.& ;P 500 up amid a global slowdown in China, as well as worries over global inflation and the U.S. presidential election.
The index’s gains in 2017 have been offset by losses in tech stocks and many other sectors.
The S.P.S., a measure of the stock market’s performance, fell 3.5 percent.
The best-performing stocks for investors in 2017 include tech giants Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc., as well a handful of smaller companies that are among the most profitable for small investors, said Jeff Miron, chief investment officer of Miron Investments.
The firm, which is based in Chicago, tracks more than 4,000 stocks and index funds, including the Dow and S&p 500, and has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world invest.
Miron said the Dow was the most efficient performer in 2017, but it is still the most volatile stock market.
It has lost more than $4 trillion, and is forecast to lose more than that again this year, Miron said.
Mint, a research firm based in New York, calculated the Dow’s total returns as 3.15 percent a year ago.
Miron and his colleagues found that the average return for an investor to buy a stock is 2.6 percent a decade ago, and it was 0.7 percent in the 2000s.
The S.B.S.(S& =) index, which tracks the performance of the broad S. &M;P.
500 index, was up 0.3 percent Friday, the SACs Dow Jones index of S&s, a benchmark of publicly traded companies, was down 1.4 percent and the Russell 2000 index of Russell 2000 was down 0.5.
Investors should also keep a close eye on the S-bonds, a measure that tracks bonds issued by government agencies.
The Russell 2000 Bond Index was down 5.4 percentage points in 2017 and the SBS Index of Government Securities was down 8.2 percent.