Seeking Alpha's Most Popular Stocks, Sectors and Themes In 2006

by: SA Editors

Thanks to all of our readers for making 2006 a year of tremendous growth for Seeking Alpha!

Here's some interesting data from the past year, based on our free email service, which allows readers to subscribe to articles by stock ticker, by sector and by theme.

First, some info about our subscribers through the end of 2006. From data provided at the time of registration (we don't ask for much), the breakdown of subscribers who share their professions/backgrounds is currently as follows:

  • Individual investors: 71%
  • Buy side (fund managers or analysts): 7%
  • Company executives or other industry experts: 6%
  • Financial advisors and brokers: 6%
  • Sell side (analysts, salespersons or traders): 5%
  • Investment bankers: 2%
  • Venture capitalists: 2%
  • Stock market bloggers: 1%

Here's the list of the top 15 stocks, sectors and themes SA readers subscribed to this year:

Top 15 Most Popular Stocks

  1. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) (view articles; subscribe)
  2. Apple Computer (NASDAQ:AAPL) (view articles; subscribe)
  3. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (view articles; subscribe)
  4. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) (view articles; subscribe)
  5. General Electric (NYSE:GE) (view articles; subscribe)
  6. Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) (view articles; subscribe)
  7. Sirius Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) (view articles; subscribe)
  8. eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) (view articles; subscribe)
  9. Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) (view articles; subscribe)
  11. Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) (view articles; subscribe)
  12. General Motors (NYSE:GM) (view articles; subscribe)
  13. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) (view articles; subscribe)
  14. Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) (view articles; subscribe)
  15. Ford (NYSE:F) (view articles; subscribe)

Top 15 Most Popular Sectors

  1. Energy (view articles; subscribe)
  2. China (view articles; subscribe)
  3. Biotech (view articles; subscribe)
  4. Financial (view articles; subscribe)
  5. Gold (view articles; subscribe)
  6. India (view articles; subscribe)
  7. Internet (view articles; subscribe)
  8. Healthcare (view articles; subscribe)
  9. Telecom (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Wireless (view articles; subscribe)
  11. Chip (view articles; subscribe)
  12. Software (view articles; subscribe)
  13. Retail (view articles; subscribe)
  14. Utility (view articles; subscribe)
  15. Japan (view articles; subscribe)

Top 15 Most Popular Themes

  1. Jim Cramer's Stock Picks (view articles; subscribe)
  2. Wall Street Breakfast (pre-market news brief) (view articles; subscribe)
  3. One Page Barron's Summary (every Sunday) (view articles; subscribe)
  4. U.S. Market Commentary (view articles; subscribe)
  5. Long Ideas (view articles; subscribe)
  6. Small Cap Stocks (view articles; subscribe)
  7. Exchange-Trade Funds (ETFs) (view articles; subscribe)
  8. Short Ideas (view articles; subscribe)
  9. IPO Analysis (view articles; subscribe)
  10. Options Trading (view articles; subscribe)
  11. Homebuilder Stocks and the Housing Market (view articles; subscribe)
  12. SA Site News (view articles; subscribe)
  13. Conference Call Transcripts (view latest transcripts; subscribe)
  14. Israel (view articles; subscribe)
  15. Hedge Funds (view articles; subscribe)

Thanks again for a fantastic 2006, and here's to a prosperous '07!

~ The Seeking Alpha Team