The MoneySense Top 500 provides a comprehensive overview of the largest U.S. stocks. Regardless of your approach — value or growth investing — we've analyzed the data using several key metrics that will suit either style. Now you'll be able to make the best, most informed decisions about your investment portfolio.
We identified by revenue the 500 largest U.S. companies. We then evaluated each stock, first for its attractiveness as a value investment, then on its appeal as a growth investment. Our value and growth screens employ sophisticated measures of financial merit, but in the end we reduce everything about a stock to two grades — one for value appeal, one for growth potential.
Only a select group of stock — those that manage to achieve at least one A and one B on both the value and the growth tests make our "Distinctive dozen" list.
How to use our tables
Our Top 500 list is interactive and easy to use. Sort the value and growth stock selections by any one of 20 financial ratios and performance figures simply by clicking on the respective column name. To reverse the order, simply click the column name again.
To load a profile page with all of our information about an income investment, click the stock or trust name. Create custom lists with ratios you select. Download the lists into a convenient spreadsheet.
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The value test
How we screened our stocks for value.
The growth test
How we picked the best growth stocks.
The Distinctive dozen
Only a select group of stocks — those that manage to achieve at least one A and one B on both the value and the growth tests — make this list.