10 Stocks for the Long Term

The stock market has been on a tear lately, making it difficult for investors to decide what to do. Short-term decisions are difficult to make, but Morgan Stanley has released a new list of stocks for the long-term investor.

The stock market has been on a tear lately, with the Dow reaching record highs almost every day and the S&P 500 near its own highest close. This can make it difficult for investors to decide what to do.

Should you continue investing and hope it all goes even higher or hold off on investing more in case there’s a pullback? Do you focus on dividends or some other barometer to judge a potential investment? Short-term decisions are difficult to make, but Morgan Stanley has released a new list of stocks for the long-term investor.

These 20 stocks are what Morgan Stanley considers sustainable investments and the company considered competitive advantages, business models, pricing powers, cost efficiencies and, of course, growth, over the long term.

The stocks represent a variety of industry sectors from consumer discretionary to utilities, plus two health care stocks. Below are the 10 stocks on the list that had the largest earnings-per-share (EPS) growth for the last five years.

10. Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Ticker: TMO

EPS Growth: 13%

Revenue Growth: 5%

Sector: Health care

9. BlackRock

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Ticker: BLK

EPS Growth: 14%

Revenue Growth: 8%

Sector: Financials

8. Estée Lauder

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Ticker: EL

EPS Growth: 16%

Revenue Growth: 7%

Sector: Consumer Staples

7. Monsanto

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Ticker: MON

EPS Growth: 17%

Revenue Growth: 7%

Sector: Materials

6. News Corp

Ticker: NWSA

EPS Growth: 18%

Revenue Growth: 5%

Sector: Consumer Discretionary

5. Starbucks

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Ticker: SBUX

EPS Growth: 20%

Revenue Growth: 13%

Sector: Consumer Discretionary

4. Gilead Sciences

Ticker: GILD

EPS Growth: 23%

Revenue Growth: 14%

Sector: Health Care

2. (tied) Canadian Pacific Railway

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Ticker: CP

EPS Growth: 29%

Revenue Growth: 8%

Sector: Industrials

2. (tied) American Tower

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Ticker: AMT

EPS Growth: 29%

Revenue Growth: 10%

Sector: Telecom Services

1. Amazon

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Ticker: AMZN

EPS Growth: 41%

Revenue Growth: 22%

Sector: Consumer Discretionary

To see the rest of the list, click here.

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