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The top 10 best stocks to buy now (in 2021)

Before we get to the list of the top 10 best stocks to buy now, let's acknowledge two caveats:

  1. Choosing the best stocks to buy today depends heavily on your personal financial situation, your appetite for risk, and your investment goals.
  2. We tried to make this list of the top 10 best stocks to buy now as comprehensive as possible, but its not meant to be a fully diversified portfolio. Instead, they're our highest-conviction stocks to outperform in 2021 and beyond. 

Now let's get to our list of the best 10 stocks to buy for 2021, from smallest market cap coming into 2021 to largest, followed by the summary buy recommendations for each one.

List of Top 10 Best Stocks to Buy Now

NumberNameMarket CapLast 1-Year Growth
1 Upwork Inc. $4 billion213%
2 Fiverr International Ltd. $7 billion63%
3 Etsy, Inc. $22 billion40%
4 Teladoc Health, Inc. $29 billion-24%
5 Pinterest, Inc. $41 billion60%
6 Roku, Inc. $42 billion152%
7 Altria Group, Inc. $76 billion11%
8 MercadoLibre, Inc. $84 billion67%
9 Intuit Inc. $96 billion74%
10 Sea Limited $102 billion142%

Details of the Top 10 Best Stocks to Buy Now

UPWK

Upwork Inc.

Upwork Inc. operates an online marketplace that enables businesses (clients) to find and work with various independent professionals and agencies (freelancers). The company's platform provides access to talent with approximately 5,000 skills across approximately 70 categories, including content marketing, customer service, data science and analytics, graphic design, mobile development, sales, and Web development.

Its platform also enables clients to streamline workflows, such as talent sourcing, outreach, and contracting. In addition, the company's platform offers access to various functionalities for remote engagements with freelancers comprising communication and collaboration, time tracking, invoicing, and payment. Further, its marketplace offerings include Upwork Standard, Upwork Enterprise, and Upwork Payroll, as well as managed and Internet escrow agency services.

The company has operations in the United States, India, the Philippines, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Elance-oDesk, Inc. and changed its name to Upwork Inc. in May 2015. Upwork Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Upwork

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Why did Upwork make it to our list of the Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

This is the dynamic duo of gig economy online marketplaces, standing ready to link businesses and individuals with just about any freelance skill you can think of: development, writing, graphic design -- even video game tutoring or celebrity impersonation.

As work becomes more remote, more global, more freelance, and more flexible, these are platform plays positioned to profit.

Upwork has more sales, but Fiverr has more recent growth, so it makes sense to bet on the overall trend as a two-pack.


FVRR

Fiverr International

Fiverr International LTD’s mission is to change how the world works together. They started with the simple idea that people should be able to buy and sell digital services in the same fashion as physical goods on an e-commerce platform.

On that basis, they set out to design a digital marketplace that is built with a comprehensive SKU-like services catalog and an efficient search, find and order process that mirrors a typical e-commerce transaction.

They believe their model reduces friction and uncertainties for both buyers and sellers. At the foundation of their platform lies an expansive catalog with over 200 categories of productized service listings, which they coined as Gigs. Each Gig has a clearly defined scope, duration and price, along with buyer-generated reviews.

Using either their search or navigation tools, buyers can easily find and purchase productized services, such as logo design, video creation and editing, website development and blog writing, with prices ranging from $5 to thousands of dollars. They call this the Service-as-a-Product ("SaaP") model.

Their approach fundamentally transforms the traditional freelancer staffing model into an e-commerce-like experience. Fiverr International Ltd.’s principal executive offices are located at 8 Eliezer Kaplan St., Tel Aviv 6473409, Israel.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Fiverr International

Note - This is an actual screenshot of analyst recommendation charts from the Wealthbullet.com Investment Platform. Get access to analyst recommendations by opening an investment account here.

Why Did Fiverr Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

This is the dynamic duo of gig economy online marketplaces, standing ready to link businesses and individuals with just about any freelance skill you can think of: development, writing, graphic design -- even video game tutoring or celebrity impersonation.

As work becomes more remote, more global, more freelance, and more flexible, these are platform plays positioned to profit.

Upwork has more sales, but Fiverr has more recent growth, so it makes sense to bet on the overall trend as a two-pack.


ETSY

Etsy Inc.

Etsy, Inc. operates as a commerce platform to make, sell, and buy goods online and offline worldwide. Its platform includes its markets, services, and technology, which enables to engage a community of sellers and buyers. The company offers approximately 45 million items across approximately 50 retail categories to buyers.

It also provides various seller services, including direct checkouts, promoted listings, and shipping labels, as well as Pattern by Etsy to create custom Websites; and seller tool and education resources to start, manage, and scale businesses to entrepreneurs primarily through Etsy.com.

In addition, the company operates A Little Market, a handmade and supplies market for sellers and buyers. Etsy, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Etsy

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Why Did Etsy Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

Connecting crafty makers with customers looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary than mainstream e-commerce fare, Etsy was growing nicely before the pandemic.

During the pandemic, all e-commerce was given a huge boost, but Etsy absolutely skyrocketed, growing at more than twice the rate of overall e-commerce.

Before the pandemic, management thought it had a 5% share of a $100 billion niche market. Now, based on its success, increased online adoption, and an expansion of what it believes people will buy from it, Etsy believes its total addressable market is measured in trillions, rather than billions. 

As you may notice throughout this list, powerful platforms get my attention. Make no mistake: Etsy is one.   

Because of this platform and brand strength, Etsy's growth opportunity appears to be much larger than its current market value.


TDOC

Teladoc Health

Teladoc, Inc. operates a telehealth platform that provides on-demand healthcare services to its members in the United States. Its solution connects consumers with its physicians and behavioral health professionals that treat a range of conditions and cases, including acute diagnoses, such as upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, and sinusitis; dermatological conditions; anxiety; and smoking cessation.

The company offers its services through mobile devices, the Internet, video, and phone. It serves employers of Fortune 1000 companies, health plans, health systems, and other entities. Teladoc, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Teladoc Recommendation

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Why Did Teladoc Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

Already a growing force, telehealth got a big boost during the coronavirus pandemic. After all, the barrier to doing a remote doctor's visit is much higher than buying your first roll of toilet paper on Amazon.

Teladoc is a leader in digital health and its merger with chronic condition specialist Livongo signals its intention to expand deep into the medical ecosystem. 


PINS

Pinterest

Pinterest, Inc. provides a visual discovery engine that helps users to discover ideas for various projects and interests worldwide. Its platform allows users to discover ideas for daily activities, remodeling a house or training for a marathon, ongoing passions, and planning a wedding or a dream vacation. The company s platform show visual recommendations called Pins, based on user personal taste and interests.

It also provides Product Pins that make items shoppable with up-to-date pricing; Recipe Pins to cook a meal by bringing the relevant information; Shop the Look, which enables pinners to shop for the individual products they see within fashion and home decor Pins; and Video Pins, which are short videos with topics, such as how-to content about cooking and beauty.

The company was formerly known as Cold Brew Labs Inc. and changed its name to Pinterest, Inc. in November 2010. Pinterest, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Pinterest Recommendation

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Why Did Pinterest Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

Pinterest is an oasis of positivity in a social media landscape that's grown increasingly depressing and divisive.

That partially flows from what Pinterest is about: projects. Whether it's building a dream deck, baking a kid's birthday cake, or updating your wardrobe, Pinterest gives people visual inspiration for the things they want to get done.

The knock against Pinterest, despite its solid community and sales growth, has been a lack of Facebook-level monetization.

But that's what I love about Pinterest: It's got the platform and audience, and it's really easy to envision how seamless advertising, lead generation, and product placement could be when people are already there for suggestions.


ROKU

Roku

Roku, Inc. (the “Company” or “Roku”), was formed in October 2002 as Roku LLC under the laws of the State of Delaware. On February 1, 2008, Roku LLC was converted into Roku, Inc., a Delaware corporation. The Company’s TV streaming platform allows users to easily discover and access a wide variety of movies and TV episodes, as well as live sports, music, news and more.

The Company operates in two reportable segments and generates revenue through the sale of streaming players, advertising, subscription and transaction revenue sharing, as well as through licensing arrangements with TV brands and cable, satellite, and telecommunication service operators (“service operators”).

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Roku Recommendation

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Why Did Roku Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

As streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, The Roku Channel, etc.) push connected TV to new heights at the expense of traditional cable packages, Roku has set itself up as a winning platform. One with the size and leverage to pit each service against the others.

It's gone beyond the boxes and dongles it became known for to now integrating its software into TVs. And it's ensuring that its own Roku Channel is growing its content heft.

What drives Roku's relentless innovation is founder/CEO Anthony Wood's experience. In a prior generation, he invented the DVR. Yet his company at the time (ReplayTV) still lost out to TiVo. Beyond the lessons learned, that's a chip on your shoulder that doesn't go away easily.


MO - Altria

Altria Group

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and moist smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen and Skoal, Red Seal, and Husky brands.

The company also produces and sells varietal and blended table wines, and sparkling wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, and 14 Hands names; and imports and markets Antinori, Torres, and Villa Maria Estate wines, as well as Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in the United States.

In addition, it provides finance leasing services primarily in aircraft, electric power, railcar, real estate, and manufacturing industries.

The company sells its tobacco products primarily to wholesalers, including distributors; large retail organizations, such as chain stores; and the armed services. Altria Group, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Altria Recommendation

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Why Did Altria Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

Admittedly, these two aren't for everyone. Skip these if you aren't interested in tobacco or cannabis.

Altria and Philip Morris, which share the Marlboro brand globally, have track records of navigating a declining industry with price hikes and issuing large dividends (Philip Morris currently above 5%, Altria above 8%). That's the high floor.

Then there are additional possibilities. They were once a single company, and they've flirted with re-merging in the past. Doing so would have logical cost synergies that make a heck of a lot more sense than most mergers since they've already avoided a lot of competitive overlap by geographically splitting their businesses.

And then there's the potential to transfer their premium tobacco branding to cannabis -- particularly Altria in the U.S.


MELI

MercadoLibre

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. It offers MercadoLibre Marketplace, an automated online commerce service for businesses and individuals to list items and conduct their sales and purchases online in a fixed-price or auction-based format.

The company s Marketplace platform enables commerce through online classifieds for motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, services, and real estate; and Internet users to browse through various products that are listed on its Website and to register with MercadoLibre to list and purchase items and services.

It also provides MercadoLibre Classifieds service that enables users to list their offerings related to motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and services outside the Marketplace platform; and MercadoPago, an integrated online payments solution to facilitate transactions on and off the MercadoLibre Marketplace by providing a mechanism that allows its users to send and receive payments online.

In addition, the company offers MercadoLibre Advertising platform, which enables large retailers and various other consumer brands to promote their products and services on the Internet by providing branding and performance marketing services; and advertisers to place text, display, or banner advertisements in order to promote their brands and offerings on its Webpages and associated sites.

Further, it provides MercadoShops, a software-as-a-service, hosted online store solution that enables users to set-up, manage, and promote their own Webstores; and MercadoEnvios, a shipping service for marketplace users. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Meli Recommendation

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Why Did MercadoLibre Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

I believe strongly in the megatrends of e-commerce adoption and digital financial disruption. Each of these four has a foot firmly in e-commerce, digital payments, or both in various geographies.

Who wants to compete against Jeff Bezos and Amazon? If you'd be terrified to compete with them, it makes sense to consider investing in them. Meanwhile, MercadoLibre and Sea Limited are often described as the "Amazon of Latin America" and the "Amazon of Southeast Asia," respectively.

Drilling in closer reveals that close comparison to be a gross simplification (consider Amazon Web Services and Sea Limited's video games), but the important through line is each is a market leader in e-commerce.


ISRG

Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. The company s da Vinci surgical System translates a surgeon's natural hand movements, which are performed on instrument controls at a console into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small incisions or ports.

Its da Vinci surgical system include surgeon's consoles, patient-side carts, 3-D vision systems, da Vinci skills simulators, da Vinci Xi integrated table motions, and Firefly fluorescence imaging products that enable surgeons to perform various surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, general, cardiothoracic, and head and neck surgical procedures.

The company also manufactures EndoWrist instruments that include forceps, scissors, electrocautery, scalpels, and other surgical tools, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures.

In addition, it offers da Vinci Single-Site instruments and accessories that allow surgical systems to work through a single incision; and EndoWrist One vessel sealers that are wristed single-use instruments intended for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7 mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument.

Further, the company provides EndoWrist stapler, a wristed stapling instrument intended for resection, transection, and/or creation of anastomoses, as well as sells various accessory products, including replacement 3-D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items that facilitate use of the da Vinci system, as well as sterile drapes for ensuring a sterile field during surgery.

It markets its products directly and through distributors in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

ISRG Recommendation

Note - This is an actual screenshot of analyst recommendation charts from the Wealthbullet.com Investment Platform. Get access to analyst recommendations by opening an investment account here.

Why Did Intuitive Surgical Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

Robot-assisted surgery beats the shaky hands of humans. That general thesis hasn't changed much from when I first bought Intuitive Surgical stock in 2005.

Intuitive Surgical is dominant in its space, and it has lots of room to grow as its surgical systems increase in adoption and as the number of its supported procedures increases over time. 


SE

Sea Limited

Sea Limited engages in the digital entertainment, e-commerce, and digital financial service businesses in Southeast Asia, Latin America, rest of Asia, and internationally.

It provides Garena digital entertainment platform for users to access mobile and PC online games, as well as eSports operations; and access to other entertainment content, such as livestreaming of gameplay and social features, such as user chat and online forums.

The company also operates Shopee e-commerce platform, a mobile-centric marketplace that offers integrated payment and logistics infrastructure and seller services. In addition, it offers SeaMoney digital financial services to individuals and businesses, including e-wallet and payment services AirPay, ShopeePay, ShopeePayLater, and other digital financial services brands; and payment processing services for Shopee.

The company was formerly known as Garena Interactive Holding Limited and changed its name to Sea Limited in April 2017. Sea Limited was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Singapore.

Analysts Mean Recommendations Chart

Sea Recommendation

Note - This is an actual screenshot of analyst recommendation charts from the Wealthbullet.com Investment Platform. Get access to analyst recommendations by opening an investment account here.

Why Did Sea Limited Make It To Our List Of The Top 10 Best Stocks To Buy Now?

I believe strongly in the megatrends of e-commerce adoption and digital financial disruption. Each of these four has a foot firmly in e-commerce, digital payments, or both in various geographies.

Who wants to compete against Jeff Bezos and Amazon? If you'd be terrified to compete with them, it makes sense to consider investing in them. Meanwhile, MercadoLibre and Sea Limited are often described as the "Amazon of Latin America" and the "Amazon of Southeast Asia," respectively.

Drilling in closer reveals that close comparison to be a gross simplification (consider Amazon Web Services and Sea Limited's video games), but the important through line is each is a market leader in e-commerce.


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