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Ranking the Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Returns

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The Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Total Returns

Ranking the Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Returns

Despite economic challenges, S&P 500 stocks have demonstrated resilience, delivering significant gains over time.

In this graphic, utilizing data from YCharts, we’ve ranked the best-performing S&P 500 stocks based on their 5-year total returns as of November 2023.

IT Companies Top the List

Surprisingly, neither Tesla nor Nvidia claims the number one spot on this list.

Enphase Energy, a California-based producer of solar components and EV charging stations, secures the top position. The company provides a semiconductor-based microinverter that converts energy at the solar module level, energy monitoring technology, and control services.

According to Affinity Syntax, Enphase Energy generates over 80% of its revenue from the U.S. market.

CompanySector5 Year Total Return
Enphase Energy (ENPH)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology1,771%
NVIDIA (NVDA)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology1,054%
Tesla (TSLA)๐Ÿ›๏ธ Consumer Discretionary928%
Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology507%
KLA Corp (KLAC)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology498%
Synopsys (SNPS)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology491%
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology469%
Fair Isaac (FICO)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology448%
Quanta Services (PWR)๐Ÿญ Industrials445%
Eli Lilly and Co (LLY)๐Ÿš‘ Health Care440%
Axon Enterprise (AXON)๐Ÿญ Industrials429%
Palo Alto Networks (PANW)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology412%
Lam Research (LRCX)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology392%
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)๐Ÿ›๏ธ Consumer Discretionary365%
Broadcom (AVGO)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Information Technology363%

Despite leading this list, Enphase Energy’s stock has performed poorly since December 2022, plummeting by more than 60%.

In the second position is chipmaker Nvidia. This year, Americaโ€™s largest semiconductor company surpassed the $1 trillion market capitalization mark, a milestone achieved by just a handful of companies, including Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Tesla holds the third spot. The automaker increased its output by a respectable 40% in 2022, outpacing Western brands like Volkswagen (+10%) and GM (+13%). However, it was surpassed by Chinese BYD, which became the top-selling EV brand globally.

The list is dominated by IT companies, with 10 of 15, but also includes two consumer discretionary and two industrial companies. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly the sole health care company on our list.

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Mapped: The World’s Least Affordable Housing Markets in 2024

See which housing markets are considered ‘impossibly unaffordable’ according to their median price-to-income ratio.

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The World’s Least Affordable Housing Markets in 2024

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Many cities around the world have become very expensive to buy a home in, but which ones are the absolute most unattainable?

In this graphic, we highlight a number of housing markets that are deemed to be “impossibly unaffordable” in 2024, ranked by their median price-to-income ratio.

This data comes from the Demographia International Housing Affordability Report, which is produced by the Chapman University Center for Demographics and Policy.

Data and Key Takeaway

The median price-to-income ratio compares median house price to median household income within each market. A higher ratio (higher prices relative to incomes) means a city is less affordable.

See the following table for all of the data we used to create this graphic. Note that this analysis covers 94 markets across eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

RankMetropolitan MarketCountryMedian price-to-income
ratio
1Hong Kong (SAR)๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China16.7
2Sydney๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia13.8
3Vancouver๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada12.3
4San Jose๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.11.9
5Los Angeles๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.10.9
6Honolulu๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.10.5
7Melbourne๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia9.8
8San Francisco๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.9.7
9Adelaide๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia9.7
10San Diego๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.9.5
11Toronto๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada9.3
12Auckland๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand8.2

According to the Demographia report, cities with a median price-to-income ratio of over 9.0 are considered โ€œimpossibly unaffordableโ€.

We can see that the top city in this ranking, Hong Kong, has a ratio of 16.7. This means that the median price of a home is 16.7 times greater than the median income.

Which Cities are More Affordable?

On the flipside, here are the top 12 most affordable cities that were analyzed in the Demographia report.

RankMetropolitan MarketCountryMedian price-to-income
ratio
1Pittsburgh๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.1
2Rochester๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.4
2St. Louis๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.4
4Cleveland๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.5
5Edmonton๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada3.6
5Buffalo๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.6
5Detroit๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.6
5Oklahoma City๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.6
9Cincinnati๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.7
9Louisville๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.3.7
11Singapore๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore3.8
12Blackpool & Lancashire๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง U.K.3.9

Cities with a median price-to-income ratio of less than 3.0 are considered “affordable”, while those between 3.1 and 4.0 are considered “moderately unaffordable”.

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