November 1, 2012
In the video below, Fool.com contributor Morgan Housel and Austin Smith discuss those stocks that are responsible for the Dow's 7.3% year-to-date gain. Five companies in particular stand out as major drivers: Home Depot (NYSE: HD ) , JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM ) , Travelers Insurance, Disney, and Wal-Mart. Of these five, Morgan looks at two in particular that stand out to him: Home Depot and JPMorgan.
Morgan believes Home Depot's run indicates that we are in fact at a true bottom in housing, while JPMorgan remains a sharply discounted stock in a cheap sector today.
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