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The Russell 1000 Index is a market-capitalization-weighted index of the 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. It represents approximately 92% of the total market capitalization (market cap) of all listed stocks in the U.S. equity market. For this reason, it is considered a bellwether for large-cap investing. Some of the largest companies in the index include Apple Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and The Walt Disney Co. Note that the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions and geopolitical actions have impacted many sectors of the market, some of them significantly. Energy stocks in particular have seen a major boost in recent weeks.

The Russell 1000 provided a total return of 15.5% over the past 12 months. This market performance number and all data below are as of March 24, 2022.

Here are the top five stocks across all sectors with the best value, the fastest growth, and the most momentum.

Best Value Stocks

Value investing is a factor-based investing strategy that involves picking stocks that you believe are trading for less than what they are intrinsically worth, usually by measuring the ratio of the stock’s price to one or more fundamental business metrics. A widely accepted value metric is the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. Value investors believe that if a business is cheap compared to its intrinsic value (as measured by its P/E ratio, in this case), then the stock price may rise faster than that of others as the price comes back in line with the worth of the company. These are among the stocks with the lowest 12-month trailing P/E ratio.

Best Value Stocks

Price ($)
Market Cap ($B)
12-Month Trailing P/E Ratio
United States Steel Corp. (X)
eBay Inc. (EBAY)
Foot Locker Inc. (FL)
Bread Financial Holdings Inc. (ADS)
Ford Motor Co. (F)

Source: YCharts

United States Steel Corp.: United States Steel is a steel producer with operations in the U.S. and Central Europe. The company makes high value-added steel products, including its proprietary XG3 advanced high-strength steel. It serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, containers, and packaging industries. U.S. Steel has an annual raw steelmaking capability of 26.2 million net tons. United States Steel provided guidance for Q1 2022 in mid-March. Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to be roughly $1.3 billion, setting a new all-time record for the first quarter. Adjusted diluted EPS for the quarter is expected to be in the range of $2.96 to $3.00.
eBay Inc.: eBay is an e-commerce company offering platforms to connect global buyers and sellers across more than 190 markets around the world. The company has roughly 1.5 billion active listings and 147 million active buyers worldwide.
Foot Locker Inc.: Foot Locker is an athletic footwear and apparel retailer. It sells its products in physical stores and direct-to-consumers via the internet and mobile sites as well as catalogs. The company operates roughly 2,900 retail stores in 28 countries around the world. Net income declined slightly year-over-year (YOY) for Q4 2021, ended Jan. 29, 2022, while sales improved by 6.9%. Apparel sales significantly outpaced footwear sales for the quarter.
Bread Financial Holdings Inc.: Bread Financial Holdings is a financial services holding company. Through subsidiaries, it provides personalized payment, lending, and saving solutions. Formerly known as Alliance Data, Bread Financial employs more than 6,000 people globally.
Ford Motor Co.: Ford is a major manufacturer of sedans, SUVs, trucks, and other vehicles and is mounting a major initiative to catch up to rivals in electric vehicles (EVs) and mobility vehicles. Ford employs roughly 183,000 people worldwide. On March 14, the company announced plans to launch seven all-electric, fully-connected passenger vehicles and vans in Europe by 2024. The company aims to post annual sales of electric vehicles in Europe of more than 600,000 vehicles as of 2026.

Fastest Growing Stocks

These are the top stocks as ranked by a growth model that scores companies based on a 50/50 weighting of their most recent quarterly YOY percentage revenue growth and their most recent quarterly YOY earnings per share (EPS) growth. Both sales and earnings are critical factors in the success of a company. Therefore, ranking companies by only one growth metric makes a ranking susceptible to the accounting anomalies of that quarter (such as changes in tax law or restructuring costs) that may make one or the other figure unrepresentative of the business in general. Companies with quarterly EPS or revenue growth of more than 2,500% were excluded as outliers.

Fastest Growing Stocks

Price ($)
Market Cap ($B)
EPS Growth (%)
Revenue Growth (%)
EQT Corp. (EQT)
Upstart Holdings Inc. (UPST)
Boston Properties Inc. (BXP)
Digital Realty Trust Inc. (DLR)
Liberty Broadband Corp. (LBRDA)

Source: YCharts

EQT Corp.: EQT is an integrated energy company focused on natural gas production in the Appalachian area. The company explores for and produces natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Its operations are focused in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. The company owns over 1 million net acres across its portfolio.
Upstart Holdings Inc.: Upstart Holdings is a lending platform that uses AI to assess the credit worthiness of potential borrowers. Upstart uses machine learning to look at more variables than normal credit-risk assessments, which it says will allow banks to lend to more borrowers with less risk due to the increased accuracy of this method. On March 9, Upstart announced the launch of its mobile-first Upstart Auto Retail online platform. This platform provides access to dealer inventory on mobile devices and includes an in-store platform and AI-powered financing solution. Prior to the launch of the mobile-first platform, Upstart Auto Retail adoption among dealers had already grown by nearly four-fold in 2021.
Boston Properties Inc.: Boston Properties is a developer, owner, and manager of Class A office properties in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The company’s portfolio includes 201 properties representing over 52 million square feet. On March 21, Boston Properties announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.98 per common share. The dividend is payable April 29 to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2022.
Digital Realty Trust Inc.: Digital Realty Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and manages technology-related properties. The company focuses on data center, colocation and interconnection-related properties. It owns more than 285 data centers in 26 countries.
Liberty Broadband Corp.: Liberty Broadband is a company that invests in communications companies. It holds or has held interests in Charter Communications Inc., Skyhook Holding, and other related companies. As of March 15, 2022, Liberty Broadband’s stake in Charter Communications was roughly 26%. It also fully owns GCI, the largest Alaska-based communications provider. On March 14, Liberty Broadband declared a quarterly cash dividend on its Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock. The dividend of $0.43750001 is payable on April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2022.

Stocks with the Most Momentum

Momentum investing is a factor-based investing strategy that involves investing in a stock whose price has risen faster than the market as a whole. Momentum investors believe that stocks that have outperformed the market will often continue to do so because the factors that caused them to outperform will not suddenly disappear. In addition, other investors seeking to benefit from the stock’s outperformance will often purchase the stock, further bidding its price higher and pushing the stock higher still. These are the stocks that had the highest total return over the past 12 months.

Stocks with the Most Momentum

Price ($)
Market Cap ($B)
12-Month Trailing Total Return (%)
Alcoa Corp. (AA)
Devon Energy Corp. (DVN)
Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO)
Continental Resources Inc. (CLR)
CF Industries Holdings Inc. (CF)
Russell 1000

Source: YCharts

Alcoa Corp.: Alcoa is a leading producer of aluminum, bauxite, and alumina products. The company serves customers in the aluminum industry around the world. Alcoa has access to bauxite reserves at seven global mines. Its aluminum operations include smelting and casting to create aluminum products such as billet, foundry, rod, and slab. Alcoa also owns various select energy assets.
Devon Energy Corp.: Devon Energy is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. It owns a portfolio of U.S. assets and is primarily engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company employed 1,400 people across the U.S. as of Dec. 31, 2020.
Marathon Oil Corp.: Marathon Oil is an independent energy company focused on the exploration and production of oil and gas. The company’s operations are located in four of the major resource plays in the U.S.: the Eagle Ford in Texas, the Bakken in North Dakota, the STACK and SCOOP in Oklahoma, and the Permian in New Mexico–as well as operations in Equatorial Guinea. Marathon Oil maintains a roughly 50% oil and 50% gas/NGL production mix. On Feb. 21, Marathon Oil announced that Rob L. White had been promoted to vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, effective March 1. White was previously vice president of internal audit. He succeeds Gary Wilson, who is retiring.
Continental Resources Inc.: Continental Resources is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. It is the largest leaseholder and among the largest producers in the Bakken oil field region of North Dakota and Montana. The company also has positions in Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Texas. The company employed 1,201 people throughout the U.S., as of Dec. 31, 2020.
CF Industries Holdings Inc.: CF Industries Holdings is a holding company that, through subsidiaries, produces nitrogen from natural gas. The company’s products include ammonia, urea, ammonium nitrate, and other offerings for the agricultural and industrial markets. It operates nine manufacturing complexes in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. For Q4 2021, ended Dec. 31, CF Industries said that net income attributable to common shareholders surged eight-fold as net sales more than doubled. Higher average selling prices and increased global demand helped to drive performance.

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