By Anna Peel. Originally published at ValueWalk.
- New research from financial brokerage XTB has revealed the most liked and disliked stocks in the US according to social listening data, from over the past five years
- Campbell’s (NYSE:CPB) was revealed as the most liked stock in the US, according to social listening data
- Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST) came in second place, followed by LabCorp (NYSE:LH) and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL). Brown & Brown (NYSE:BRO) was revealed as the most disliked stock from the S&P 500
With worries about inflation and slower global economic growth having a negative impact on the US stock market, investors are looking for safer choices during times like these. And with 18% of American workers admitting to taking money out of their own retirement plan in times of need, over the past year, it’s never been more important that investors feel confident about their return on investment.1
With traders and investors looking for reassurance, the financial brokerage XTB decided to research which stocks from the S&P 500 from over the past five years are the most liked and disliked. To discover this, they analysed social listening data, collecting online positive and negative sentiment, around the ticker symbol of all of the companies in the S&P 500.2
The following table ranks the top 20 most liked and disliked US stocks over the past five years:
Top 20 Most Liked Stocks
|Rank||Stock (Ticker Symbol)||% of Positive Sentiment|
|2||Monster Beverage (MNST)||63.20%|
|5||Southwest Airlines (LUV)||55.4%|
|7||Yum! Brands (YUM)||46.2%|
|10||Best Buy (BBY)||43.0%|
|12||Charles River (CRL)||40.8%|
|14||Ingersoll Rand (IR)||36.8%|
|15||Globe Life (GL)||35.9%|
|16||WEC Energy Group (WEC)||34.5%|
|18||Estée Lauder Companies (EL)||33.2%|
|19||Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)||31.9%|
Top 20 Disliked Stocks
|Rank||Stock (Ticker Symbol)||% of Negative Sentiment|
|1||Brown & Brown (BRO)||25.20%|
|2||Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)||24.60%|
|3||Illinois Tool Works (ITW)||21.5%|
|5||Agilent Technologies (A)||19.1%|
|8||Deere & Co. (DE)||17.7%|
|12||Southern Company (SO)||16.7%|
|13||Realty Income (O)||16.7%|
|17||Trane Technologies (TT)||16.2%|
|18||Dollar General (DG)||15.8%|
|20||Public Storage (PSA)||15.4%|
The most liked stock in the US, with 66.6% of all online conversations considered positive, is the famous Campbell’s soup company. Followed by the best-selling energy drink brand, Monster Beverage (63.2%). Other standout companies in the top 20 list of most liked stocks include, Yum! Brands (the parent company of fast-food chain brands such as Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC) and Estée Lauder Companies (who own worldwide beauty brands such as Clinique, Estée Lauder, Jo Malone London, and MAC).
On the other end of the spectrum, the insurance company Brown & Brown takes the top spot for the most disliked stock, according to what Americans are saying online. This is followed by Chipotle Mexican Grill which – unusually – also appears among the 20 most liked stocks (featuring as 19th), which suggests it’s a stock that divides the opinions of traders and investors.
To conclude, Joshua Raymond, Director of XTB UK, says:
“It’s no surprise that America’s most liked stocks are some of the biggest FMCG brands in the world, as these stocks generally provide investors with a lot of opportunity.
“However, some of the company names that feature in the top 20 list may come as a surprise, as major names missing from the shortlist include the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Coca-Cola.
“Having an understanding of stock sentiment can give investors an idea of which companies resonate the most with traders and consumers alike. Whilst it doesn’t necessarily equate to their performance on the S&P 500, it does provide a marker for which US stocks people enjoy investing in.”
About XTB Group
XTB Group consists of companies with one of the largest stock exchange-listed FX & CFD brokers in the world. XTB Group has entities regulated by the world’s biggest supervision authorities including the FCA, CySEC and KNF. With more than 16 years of experience, XTB Group provides retail traders instant access to hundreds of global markets. XTB is a fintech company based on trust, technology and support. Since 2004, XTB Group has expanded to 12 major markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia attracting over 352,000 clients. In 2021, XTB Group received licenses to operate in UAE and South Africa. Operating company’s own award-winning xStation and xStation Mobile platforms, the entities of XTB Group offer over 5400 instruments including real stocks, real ETFs and CFDs on forex, indices, commodities, stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrencies. Through X-Open Hub, XTB provides leading technologies for financial institutions from around the world. Find out more at www.xtb.com.
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