FANG is probably the most well-known acronym in the stock market these days, but if you’ve been following things lately, you know that this trade is no longer what it once was.  2017 was a banner year for the FANG group of Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Alphabet (GOOGL), and the first half of 2018 was just as good.  Because of FANG’s stumbles since mid-2018, however, you may be surprised to see that Apple (AAPL) — not an original FANG member — is now outperforming the group since the start of 2017.  Apple’s (AAPL) recent gains leave it up 118.6% over this time period versus FANG’s gain of 93.2%.  (Both AAPL and FANG have still more than doubled the S&P 500 since the start of 2017.)

Below we compare the performance of Apple (AAPL) vs. FANG and the S&P 500 over three additional time frames.  The first chart shows total returns over the last 12 months.  Here, we’ve actually seen the S&P 500 outperform both AAPL and FANG, with FANG bringing up the rear at just +3.3%.

Year-to-date, Apple (AAPL) easily crushes both FANG and the S&P 500 with a gain of 55.5%.  The S&P 500 is up the second most with a gain of 21.5%, while FANG is up just under 20% (19.8%).

Our final chart reminds you that there’s a reason why “FANG” became a thing.  If we go back to 2013, which was the first full year that Facebook (FB) traded as a public company, FANG absolutely crushes the S&P and Apple (AAPL). While AAPL and the S&P are up significantly at +262.2% and 141.8%, respectively, the four FANG names have gained a whopping 851.7%.

Below is a table that breaks out the total returns for Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), Netflix (NFLX), FANG, and the S&P 500 over the four time periods shown in the charts above.  While Netflix (NFLX) is actually down 18.3% over the last 12 months, it’s the biggest winner of them all since 2013 with a gain of 1,958%.  Amazon (AMZN) has been the biggest winner since the start of 2017, while Facebook (FB) is up the most over the last 12 months.  Apple (AAPL) only ranks first in the year-to-date column.  Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Premium to sample our most actionable investment research and receive access to all of our interactive tools.  If you use this checkout link, you’ll receive a 10% discount on an annual membership if you stick with it past your trial period.

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