Skip to main content

Editors' Pick: Originally published March 3.

Consumer stocks have weathered this year's market volatility better than the broader markets.

While the S&P 500  this year is still down more than 3% for 2016, the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Index has fallen 2.6% year-to-date, and consumer staples companies are in the black for the year.

But do all consumer stocks make good buys?

Credit Suisse analysts updated a "Top Picks" U.S. investment ideas note to clients on Wednesday. The research note puts forth the analysts' best investment ideas in a variety of sub-sectors for the next six to 12 months. Analysts were allowed to choose up to three stocks in their coverage areas and rank them. The updated exercise resulted in a list of 137 top stock ideas.

Scroll to Continue

TheStreet Recommends

The below list is comprised of the first-ranked consumer stock picks by Credit Suisse analysts. We've paired the list with commentary from Jim Cramer, if the stock is owned by his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust portfolio. Year-to-date returns are based on March 2 closing prices.