With thousands of publicly traded companies to choose from, how can you identify the best stocks to buy and to have on your watchlist? Start by regularly checking stock lists like Sector Leaders, IBD 50 and the IBD Big Cap 20, all of which have a proven track record of outperforming the S&P 500.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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From big names like Apple (AAPL) and the so-called FANG stocks — Facebook (FB), Amazon(AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) — to lesser-known companies like teen-focused discount retailer Five Below (FIVE) and chip designer Nvidia (NVDA), the top-performing stocks consistently appear on IBD's screens in the early stages of their major price runs