Most Popular Stocks

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Most Popular Stocks

Ever wonder what the most popular stocks to buy are?

To determine which companies are the most popular, you could look at each stock’s daily trading volume and rank accordingly. However, the number of times a stock is traded in a single day can fluctuate dramatically because of recent news or due to the details in a earnings release or financial statement. A small, unpopular company could have extraordinarily high volume on a single day, so this is not a good method of determining popularity.

One alternative method would be to compare the average daily volume over a 3-month period instead. The problem with this method is that popular companies with a high per share cost have low volume. Berkshire Hathaway is a great example of this. With a 6-figure price per share, only a few hundred shares change hands each day. Two more examples of popular stocks with high share prices are Google and Amazon.

So if these two methods aren’t effective ways to rank stocks by popularity, then how should we proceed?

The best method to determine which stocks are the most popular is to multiply the average volume by the current market price per share to obtain the average daily dollar volume. Let’s look at the exchange traded fund SPY, for example, which holds small portions in each of the 500 largest companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ. It has a share price of nearly $300 and a 3-month daily average volume of over 100 million shares. Multiply the two and we get the average value in dollars that change hands when trading SPY each day: $30 billion. This makes SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) the number one most popular stock on the list.


The second most popular stock is Amazon. Amazon has a low average volume, but its expensive share price gives it a very high overall dollar volume. The third most popular stock is another exchange traded fund, Invesco PowerShares QQQ. It tracks the top 100 largest companies on the NASDAQ. The number four most popular stock is Apple, followed by Facebook. Rounding out the top 10 most popular stocks are NVIDIA, Netflix, iShares Russell 2000 ETF, Alibaba Group, and the iShares Emerging Markets ETF.

List of the Most Popular Stocks in 2018

Rank Stock Name Ticker Industry Avg Volume Price Dollar Volume
#1 SPDR S&P 500 ETF SPY Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 101980000 $272.02 $27,740,599,600
#2 Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN Specialty Retail 5780000 $1,609.08 $9,300,482,400
#3 PowerShares QQQ ETF QQQ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 47350000 $169.62 $8,031,507,000
#4 Apple Inc. AAPL Consumer Electronics 35430000 $190.04 $6,733,117,200
#5 Facebook, Inc. FB Internet Information Providers 35440000 $185.53 $6,575,183,200
#6 NVIDIA Corporation NVDA Semiconductor: Specialized 14840000 $260.13 $3,860,329,200
#7 Netflix, Inc. NFLX Media: Diversified 11070000 $329.60 $3,648,672,000
#8 iShares Russell 2000 ETF IWM Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 22550000 $159.53 $3,597,401,500
#9 Alibaba Group Holding Limited BABA Specialty Retail 18050000 $195.96 $3,537,078,000
#10 iShares Emerging Markets ETF EEM Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 67410000 $47.48 $3,200,626,800
#11 Microsoft Corporation MSFT Business Software & Services 32100000 $97.91 $3,142,911,000
#12 Micron Technology, Inc. MU Semiconductor: Memory Chips 54390000 $52.66 $2,864,177,400
#13 Alphabet Inc. GOOGL Internet Information Providers 2250000 $1,105.47 $2,487,307,500
#14 Tesla, Inc. TSLA Auto Manufacturers: Major 7690000 $305.02 $2,345,603,800
#15 Bank of America Corporation BAC Money Center Banks 70250000 $30.89 $2,170,022,500
#16 Alphabet Inc. GOOG Internet Information Providers 1930000 $1,097.57 $2,118,310,100
#17 The Boeing Company BA Aerospace/Defense 5410000 $344.07 $1,861,418,700
#18 JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM Money Center Banks 15220000 $114.29 $1,739,493,800
#19 iShares MSCI EAFE ETF EFA Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 23700000 $71.58 $1,696,446,000
#20 Intel Corporation INTC Semiconductor: Broad Line 30520000 $54.98 $1,677,989,600
#21 Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 58350000 $28.28 $1,650,138,000
#22 SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF DIA Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 5480000 $247.46 $1,356,080,800
#23 iPath S&P500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN VXX Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 36480000 $36.44 $1,329,331,200
#24 iShares iBoxx High Yield Corp Bond ETF HYG Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 14760000 $85.76 $1,265,817,600
#25 Citigroup Inc. C Money Center Banks 17340000 $72.57 $1,258,363,800
#26 Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO Communication Equipment 27010000 $46.30 $1,250,563,000
#27 iShares Core S&P 500 ETF IVV Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 4520000 $273.90 $1,238,028,000
#28 Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM Major Integrated Oil & Gas 15120000 $81.72 $1,235,606,400
#29 iShares China Large-Cap ETF FXI Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 24780000 $48.02 $1,189,935,600
#30 Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF XLE Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 15470000 $76.62 $1,185,311,400
#31 ProShares UltraPro QQQ TQQQ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 6820000 $167.00 $1,138,940,000
#32 Wells Fargo & Company WFC Money Center Banks 20670000 $54.65 $1,129,615,500
#33 General Electric Company GE Diversified Machinery 75010000 $14.69 $1,101,896,900
#34 Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLI Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 14550000 $74.55 $1,084,702,500
#35 Visa Inc. V Credit Services 7880000 $131.00 $1,032,280,000
#36 Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF XLK Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 14740000 $69.98 $1,031,505,200
#37 Twitter, Inc. TWTR Internet Information Providers 30140000 $32.87 $990,701,800
#38 Walmart Inc. WMT Discount, Variety Stores 11810000 $82.69 $976,568,900
#39 Broadcom Inc. AVGO Semiconductor: Broad Line 3990000 $243.51 $971,604,900
#40 The Home Depot, Inc. HD Home Improvement Stores 5080000 $187.16 $950,772,800
#41 iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF TLT Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 7800000 $118.93 $927,654,000
#42 Comcast Corporation CMCSA Entertainment: Diversified 28590000 $31.56 $902,300,400
#43 Chevron Corporation CVX Major Integrated Oil & Gas 6940000 $128.82 $894,010,800
#44 VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 38510000 $22.95 $883,804,500
#45 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK-B Property & Casualty Insurance 4370000 $201.20 $879,244,000
#46 AT&T Inc. T Telecom Services: Domestic 27470000 $31.88 $875,743,600
#47 Caterpillar Inc. CAT Farm & Construction Machinery 5650000 $153.97 $869,930,500
#48 Johnson & Johnson JNJ Drug Manufacturers: Major 6940000 $125.35 $869,929,000
#49 SPDR Gold Shares GLD Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 6860000 $125.18 $858,734,800
#50 Amgen Inc. AMGN Biotechnology 5000000 $170.77 $853,850,000
#51 Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF XLU Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 16580000 $50.31 $834,139,800
#52 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated UNH Health Care Plans 3510000 $233.71 $820,322,100
#53 The Walt Disney Company DIS Entertainment: Diversified 8050000 $101.68 $818,524,000
#54 Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT Semiconductor Equip. & Materials 14590000 $55.53 $810,182,700
#55 salesforce.com, inc. CRM Application Software 6160000 $130.62 $804,619,200
#56 Pfizer Inc. PFE Drug Manufacturers: Major 22650000 $35.04 $793,656,000
#57 Mastercard Incorporated MA Credit Services 4110000 $193.05 $793,435,500
#58 McDonald’s Corporation MCD Restaurants 4800000 $165.07 $792,336,000
#59 Baidu, Inc. BIDU Internet Information Providers 2940000 $268.68 $789,919,200
#60 The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. GS Investment Brokerage: National 3230000 $243.44 $786,311,200
#61 Verizon Communications Inc. VZ Telecom Services: Domestic 16330000 $47.20 $770,776,000
#62 Square, Inc. SQ Internet Software & Services 13920000 $54.65 $760,728,000
#63 Lam Research Corporation LRCX Semiconductor Equip. & Materials 3690000 $204.01 $752,796,900
#64 Consumer Staples Sel. Sector SPDR XLP Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 14890000 $49.54 $737,650,600
#65 Oracle Corporation ORCL Application Software 15680000 $46.93 $735,862,400
#66 AbbVie Inc. ABBV Drug Manufacturers: Major 7090000 $102.85 $729,206,500
#67 The Procter & Gamble Company PG Personal Products 9930000 $73.15 $726,379,500
#68 International Business Machines IBM Information Technology Services 4960000 $144.24 $715,430,400
#69 SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. ETF XOP Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 17200000 $41.58 $715,176,000
#70 Vanguard 500 Index Fund VOO Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 2840000 $249.86 $709,602,400
#71 Adobe Systems Incorporated ADBE Application Software 2940000 $241.15 $708,981,000
#72 Spotify Technology S.A. SPOT Broadcasting: Radio 4440000 $158.13 $702,097,200
#73 iShares iBoxx $ Invmt Grade Corp Bd ETF LQD Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 6060000 $115.06 $697,263,600
#74 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD Semiconductor: Broad Line 57300000 $12.13 $695,049,000
#75 Merck & Co., Inc. MRK Drug Manufacturers: Major 11900000 $58.06 $690,914,000
#76 Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund XLV Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 8420000 $81.81 $688,840,200
#77 iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF IYR Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 8800000 $77.96 $686,048,000
#78 QUALCOMM Incorporated QCOM Communication Equipment 12450000 $54.97 $684,376,500
#79 PayPal Holdings, Inc. PYPL Credit Services 8470000 $79.19 $670,739,300
#80 iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF IEMG Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 11610000 $57.45 $666,994,500
#81 VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF SMH Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 6300000 $105.22 $662,886,000
#82 iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF EWZ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 15060000 $41.86 $630,411,600
#83 Consumer Discr. Select Sector SPDR Fund XLY Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 5920000 $104.67 $619,646,400
#84 Union Pacific Corporation UNP Railroads 4350000 $141.26 $614,481,000
#85 Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN Semiconductor: Broad Line 5570000 $109.97 $612,532,900
#86 Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW Home Improvement Stores 7140000 $85.07 $607,399,800
#87 NXP Semiconductors N.V. NXPI Semiconductor: Broad Line 6110000 $99.29 $606,661,900
#88 DowDuPont Inc. DWDP Chemicals: Major Diversified 9010000 $66.95 $603,219,500
#89 United Technologies Corporation UTX Aerospace/Defense 4800000 $124.10 $595,680,000
#90 3M Company MMM Diversified Machinery 2900000 $205.03 $594,587,000
#91 Vanguard Emerging Markets Index Fund VWO Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 12620000 $46.27 $583,927,400
#92 Celgene Corporation CELG Biotechnology 7010000 $82.38 $577,483,800
#93 iShares MSCI Japan ETF EWJ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) 9480000 $60.82 $576,573,600
#94 Altaba Inc. AABA Asset Management 7300000 $75.90 $554,070,000
#95 CVS Health Corporation CVS Health Care Plans 8780000 $62.44 $548,223,200
#96 The Coca-Cola Company KO Beverages: Soft Drinks 12810000 $42.18 $540,325,800
#97 Lockheed Martin Corporation LMT Aerospace/Defense 1660000 $324.49 $538,653,400
#98 Morgan Stanley MS Investment Brokerage: National 9780000 $55.04 $538,291,200
#99 Wynn Resorts, Limited WYNN Resorts & Casinos 2670000 $201.51 $538,031,700
#100 Philip Morris International Inc. PM Cigarettes 6400000 $83.00 $531,200,000