Investor’s Business Daily Sector Leaders Index Beat S&P 500 by 300% in 2017

IBD Big Cap 20, IBD Top 50 returns more than double S&P 500

LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a leading financial news and research organization, today announced that several of its indexes have been significantly outperforming the S&P 500, which is widely considered one of the market’s benchmarks for stock returns, throughout 2017. Most notably, returns for IBD’s Sector Leaders index are almost triple the performance of the S&P 500 year-to-date and more than double over the last 12 months. IBD’s Top 50 is more than double the S&P in 2017 and nearly double over the past year Additionally, IBD’s Big Cap 20, leads the S&P 500 across the past three, six, and twelve months.

“It is difficult to match, let alone beat, the S&P 500 over time. This is a big reason why so many investors track it,” said Jerry Ferrara, President of IBD. “The performance of several of our indexes over the course of the last year, and in 2017 specifically, shows that there are highly profitable ways to invest across different investing styles and frameworks. Our Sector Leaders, IBD 50 and Big Cap 20 indexes prove that IBD’s proprietary CAN SLIM Investing System remains an outstanding tool for all types of investors.”

The seeds for IBD’s unique methodology were sown when legendary investor and IBD founder William J. O’Neil compiled a database of every stock traded in the US since the 1880’s. After studying over 100 years’ worth of data, filtering out the best performing stocks, O’Neil noted that winning companies had the same seven traits in common before they made huge gains. That insight formed the basis of IBD’s proprietary CAN SLIM Investing System on which all of IBD’s indexes, products, and features are based.

Index Performance
The Sector Leaders index is IBD’s most stringent and powerful index. Sector Leaders highlight the best stocks in IBD’s 33 sectors. All Sector Leaders show outstanding earnings and sales growth in recent quarters and are strong across many other fundamental and price-performance metrics. Compared to the S&P 500:

  • Over the last 12 months, Sector Leaders more than doubled the S&P 500’s strong performance, with Sector Leaders sporting a remarkable 32.59% return rate while the S&P 500 came in at 15.07%.
  • In terms 2017 year-to-date, Sector Leaders’ gains are more than double the S&P 500.

The IBD Top 50 index is the flagship index of leading growth stocks. It shows investors 50 companies that demonstrate strong relative price strength and top-notch fundamentals. These new and innovative stocks have historically far outperformed the S&P 500. For example:

  • Over the past 12 months, IBD Top 50 had a 26.19% return rate while the S&P 500 came in at 15.07%.
  • In terms of the year-to-date, IBD Top 50 performance has been more than double the S&P 500.

IBD’s Big Cap 20 uncovers top-rated, large-cap growth stocks. Big Cap 20 companies can deliver outsize gains without the volatility of smaller growth stocks. Examining performance of the IBD Big Cap 20 next to the S&P 500, one will find:

  • Over the past 12 months, IBD Big Cap 20 had a 19.24% return rate while the S&P 500 came in at 15.07%.
  • And since the start of 2017, IBD Big Cap 20 stands at 14.97% compared to the S&P 500’s 7.78%.

Performance data across each respective index was compared through May 30, 2017.

In addition to identifying market trends, IBD delivers analysis to investors in ways that match their lifestyle and preferences. IBD produces compelling editorial content, reports, and webinars, and has developed a user-friendly mobile app that includes several features that cannot be found anywhere else. To learn more about all that IBD offers, gain access to industry-leading market indexes, please visit

Investor’s Business Daily is a leading financial news and research organization recognized for providing stock screens, comparative performance ratings, and unique commentary helping investors zero in on top performing growth stocks. IBD provides the buy rules and sell rules to properly make trading decisions that will minimize your risk and maximize your potential profit. IBD offers individual and professional investors a comprehensive lineup of print and online products, all based on a powerful investing system that has dramatically outperformed the S&P 500.

IBD’s website,, offers tools, analysis and research for investors of all levels: IBD University learning center, IBD TV market videos and the IBD Stock Checkup®.  IBD also hosts popular investment workshops and provides Home Study programs based on the top-performing growth strategy, CAN SLIM.  IBD was founded April 9, 1984 by William J. O'Neil, who also originated CAN SLIM.

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