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SLIDESHOW: The Transformer Portfolio That Outperformed the S&P 500

SLIDESHOW: The Transformer Portfolio That Outperformed the S&P 500

Have you ever seen news on a company and thought, "Hmm, that company's name sounds like it could be a Transformer?" Well, the analysts at Benzinga have and went on to compile a list of 20 stocks that could be the names of Transformers.

And just for fun, the 20 stocks were formed into an equal-weight portfolio to compare the performance against the S&P 500.

  • 1. Gigamon

    Gigamon (NYSE: GIMO) would be a great Transformer name.

    It could either be an older Transformer that shows up to save the day or one that has lots of powers, giving its name the "Giga" prefix.

    The company makes telecommunications equipment so maybe its Transformer would be a communications expert.

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  • 2. Sigmatron

    Sigmatron (NASDAQ: SGMA) is in the same vein as Gigatron as companies that end in -on tend to sound like these characters.

    The company that makes electronic parts could be a weapons manufacturer in the plot line.

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  • 3. Textron

    Textron (NYSE: TXT) is a large industrial company that makes everything from armored personnel carriers to Cessna aircraft.

    Its Transformer equivalent could take the shape of any of these products.

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  • 4. Dendreon

    Dendreon (NASDAQ: DNDN) is a biotech company that specializes in cancer therapies.

    The name is just really catchy.

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  • 5. Source Fire

    Sourcefire, (NASDAQ: FIRE) the company that was just acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) for about $2.7 billion, specializes in cyber security.

    Its Transformer could be one specializing in defense of key areas.

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  • 6. Broadcom

    Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) is an Apple supplier, but could also be the name of a Transformer.

    Imagine a wide-shouldered robot with this name.

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  • 7. Celgene

    Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG) is a biotech company that specializes in cancer and inflammatory disease treatments.

    Its character could be a medical officer.

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  • 8. NiSource

    NiSource (NYSE: NI) is a company involved in the natural gas industry, specifically in transportation, storage, and distribution of natural gas.

    Its Transformer could be an eco-friendly one that runs on natural gas.

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  • 9. PACCAR

    PACCAR (NASDAQ: PCAR) makes large trucks, and its Transformer could be one of these.

    The name also has the air of a European accent to it and could be a character with a foreign accent as well.

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  • 10. Omnicom

    Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) is a global advertising and media company.

    Its namesake transformer could be one that could blend in and appear to be omniscient.

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  • 11. Qualcomm

    Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a semiconductor company with operations around the world.

    Maybe its Transformer specializes in creating new chips that allow the characters to perform better.

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  • 12. Regeneron

    Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a biotech company that specializes in antibody treatments for various diseases.

    Since Transformers are powered by Energon, then Regeneron could be a Transformer that can bring back to life dead allies.

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  • 13. Raytheon

    Raytheon(NYSE: RTN) is a defense contractor that makes a whole range of weapons.

    Its namesake character could be a weapons specialist.

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  • 14. Teradata

    Teradata (NYSE: TDC) is a software company that sells database software.

    A Transformer by this name could have the shape of a pterodactyl and specialize in acquiring information.

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  • 15. Viacom

    Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) (NASDAQ: VIAB) is a media broadcasting company.

    Again, its name ends with -on which makes it a perfect candidate.

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  • 16. Symantec

    Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) is a computer security company with its famous brand of Norton antivirus software.

    Potentially, a Transformer by its name would be a security expert.

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  • 17. Stericycle

    Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) is a medical waste disposal company.

    Its namesake character could specialize in cleaning a battlefield after a fight.

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  • 18. Xilinx

    Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) is a technology company that specializes in programmable logic devices.

    A Transformer by its name could specialize in training and teaching new recruits.

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  • 19. Cognex

    Cognex (NASDAQ: CGNX) is a technology company that makes machine vision systems.

    The Transformer with its name could specialize in upgrading sensors for other soldiers.

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  • 20. Cryolife

    Cryolife (NYSE: CRY) is a distributor of cryogenically preserved human tissue.

    A Transformer by its name could have a special power of freezing enemies.

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  • Portfolio Performance

    Creating an equal-weighted portfolio of these 20 stocks, it can be seen that the Benzinga Transformers portfolio has returned 19.705 percent year-to-date, beating the S&P 500, which has returned 15.94 percent.

    It has also outperformed over the past 52-weeks returns of 39.05 percent vs. the index which has returned 25.55 percent.

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