Disruptors and Dominators


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Methodology for calculating returns on “buy” rated stocks.  Regardless of plus or minus signs associated with any rating, Weiss Stock Ratings of “A” or “B” are defined as “buy” ratings or signals; Weiss Stock Ratings of “C” are defined as “hold” ratings or signals; and Weiss Stock Ratings of “D” or “E” are defined as “sell” ratings or signals.

Weiss Ratings began publishing its stock ratings in late 1999, issuing most of its first “buy” ratings on technology stocks in early 2004. If investors bought the stocks on the day Weiss Ratings issued its “buy” ratings and held them through August 31, 2020, they could have achieved the following total returns of:

771% on Bio-Rad Laboratories
1,030% on CGI
1,391% on Global Payments
1,441% on Amphenol
1,684% on Thermo Fisher Scientific
2,209% on Mettler-Toledo International
2,265% on Cognex Corporation
2,622% on Manhattan Associates
2,939% on Fair Isaac Corporation
3,312% on Ansys
3,434% on Tyler Technologies
5,900% on IEH
21,185% on Apple, Inc.

These stocks were selected for mention in our presentation based on (a) market cap, (b) an initial Weiss Stock Rating of “buy,” and (c) the fact that no “sell” ratings have ever been issued on these stocks by Weiss Ratings since the initial “buy” rating. Total returns include price appreciation, dividends and reinvestment of dividends but do not consider taxes or broker fees. This list does not include all stocks meeting the selection criteria, many of which could have produced lower returns. At the same time, the total returns cited above do not include their additional appreciation since August 31, 2020.

Although the period from 2004-2020 did include one two major bear markets and severe economic crises, the period was primarily one of historic growth, particularly in the technology sector, and investors must not assume that similar growth will necessarily repeated in the future.

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