7) General Electric
Since its inception, General Electric (GE) has been an innovation leader. A new focus of the infrastructure giant is the industrial internet. The term refers to the embedding of sensors in machines and then linking those sensors together to form a data collection unit that will enable operators to generate more efficient production from the machine. The benefits of this research could be enormous. GE estimates a 1% reduction in commercial aviation fuel consumption could lead to a $30 billion saving over 15 years. I never thought I’d call GE a contrarian pick, but as you can see on my relative strength chart, shares have been flat on their back since the Great Recession. Buy today.