12-month Performance: +8.5%
Between aging Baby Boomers and the Affordable Care Act, healthcare is becoming an increasingly important part of American society. Heck, just look at the Dow Jones Industrial Index. When Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) exited, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UHP) was chosen to replace it because of the “fast growing importance of health care spending in the U.S. economy.”
With that in mind, UnitedHealth Group was an obvious pick to round out our Made-In-America Index. While it’s the worst-performing stock of the 10 during the past year, there’s still plenty to like. Earnings have been steadily climbing since the recession, with 12 straight quarters of growth, and that trend is expected to continue. Plus, by 2014, UnitedHealth expects revenue of $136 billion — more than a 20% increase from the 2010 total.
As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities.