A look at the top 10 stocks; You should sell two now!

A million dollars, wisely invested, is enough to set you up for life, but in stock market terms, it doesn't mean much. A company needs to be worth 500 to 1,000 times that much before it is of much interest to Wall Street. The Street speaks in the language of billions, at least for today, though one company is already worth more than half-a-trillion. Interestingly, the most valuable company in the world is almost certainly Saudi Aramco, which is likely worth multiple trillions even today, but unless you are in the line of succession for the Arabian throne, you'll never have a slice of that pie.

Here then, from the top down, are the highest valued companies that trade on US markets today. For each company, we'll let you know what the prevailing outlook is among analysts, but we warn, as always, to take these views with a grain of salt – analysts, after all, work for the same brokerages that make markets in these stocks. Fortunately, that usually means that saying the opposite of what they think is counter to their self-interest. But if these conflicts of interest rarely cause opinions to flip, they still have an enormous impact on level of enthusiasm.

That is why I will tell you where I think the analysts are wrong; weight my input as you will. I almost certainly have some stake in some of these companies, as I own shares in some broad-based mutual funds, but I'm honestly not sure which. So while I might be right or wrong, my enthusiasm is entirely mine-own.

Julian Close

Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.

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