NEW YORK (TheStreet) - What stocks should you buy in 2015? Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) analysts culled through S&P 500 stocks picked 10 for 2015 -- one stock for each of the 10 S&P 500 global industry classification standard sectors.
In choosing the list, the analysts used the following criteria to pick the names:
S&P 500 stocks which are BofA buy-rated; assessed company metrics like earnings stability, size, tenure, potential for self-help, active fund ownership vs. S&P 500 weighting, valuation, dividend stability/dividend growth potential, earnings-per-share expectations, among others; and analysts' fundamental views of each company.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch's 2014 list had a total return of 14.5% from Dec. 6, 2013 through Dec. 11 of this year, according to a research note. The S&P 500 rose 12.7% in the same time frame. Two of the stocks on this year's list are repeats from last year -- General Motors and Exxon Mobil.
Will the 2015 stock list do any better? Check out which companies made BofA's list.
General Motors (GM)
Sector: Consumer Discretionary
Year-to-date return: -24%
Bank of America Merrill Lynch said:
-- Very inexpensive mega-cap;
-- Healthy yield with potential to grow dividends;
-- Lower gasoline prices helps mix as consumers buy bigger vehicles.