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10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

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The U.S. stock markets hit the jackpot in 2017, with all the major indexes up significantly—the S&P 500 gained 19% over the past year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was up an impressive 28%—making year-end assessments by investors a very happy occasion.

Amazingly, the U.S, markets ranked 39th out of 47 countries in 2017, making this past year a relative stinker compared to the rest of the world's stocks.

Why the "down" year?

It's possible that investors have figured out that U.S. stocks are overvalued relative to stocks in other countries. So, while U.S. markets underperformed on a comparable basis, it can always be worse, as Canada demonstrates.

In 2017, Canadian stocks gained just 6% on the year with energy companies providing a significant headwind to better performance. Here in the U.S., the major indexes are much less dependent on energy stocks, hence the higher returns.

Given the perception U.S. stocks are overvalued, how does one make money in 2018?

Buy several of these ten stocks that lost 20% or more in 2017. My bet is that, like the Dogs of the Dow, they will surprise in 2018.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on Jan. 4. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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