Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) has been one of the top stocks on the market over the past decade as it's established itself as the clear leader in e-commerce software, challenging Amazon along the way as few other companies have. Shopify continues to grow, but the stock does seem to have lost some of its luster. Jeremy Bowman: Shopify stock is still down more than 50% from its pandemic-era peak, but the company is outgrowing competitors, and e-commerce in general continues to gain market share from brick-and-mortar retail and other channels.
For beginning investors, or those who may not have a lot of money to invest, share price can become important. Known as "The Monthly Dividend Company," Realty Income (NYSE: O) specializes in leasing commercial real estate to a variety of different industries. The three largest are grocery stores, convenience stores, and dollar stores.
Everyone likes to see stock prices increase, but it can also mean that things are getting a little expensive for their own good. Personal electronics giant Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) needs little introduction, considering it's one of the world's best-known brands. The iPhone maker's size is staggering; its $380 billion annual revenue dwarfs other countries' economies, and its $100 billion in annual free cash flow is more than most companies do in sales.