Stock Research

Institutional Research for Online Investors

Our stock research has been a staple for stockbrokers and financial advisers for more than a decade. Now avaiable to online investors as well.

Our Focus is on Finding Stocks that Compound Over Time

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At the School of Hard Stocks we do our own independent research and publish Research Reports on what we believe are the top stocks at the time.

David Sharek has published 1647 stock research reports on top growth stocks during the past five years (2015-2019) including Tesla (TSLA), ServiceNow (NOW), Trade Desk (TTD) and Paycom Software (PAYC).

The School of Hard Stocks Investment Process

Scour the Globe

We scour the world searching for stocks we think have the ability to compound in value over time.

Narrowed Focus

We narrow our focus on what we beleive are the top 75 to 100 stocks in the stock market at that time.

Update Stock Data

After a company reports quarterly earnings, we update fundamentals on each stock's spreadsheet.

Research Reports

David reads the earnings call, gathers relevant news, prepares charts and writes stock Research Reports.

Power Rankings

Stocks in our coverage are then ranked in our Growth Stocks and/or Value Stock Power Rankings.

Manage Portfolios

For our Money Management clients, we go into each account and place buy and/or sell trades.

Profit Growth Leads to Stock Growth

We believe profit growth leads to stock growth, and over long periods of time a stock’s annual growth rate is often similar to the company’s profit growth rate. 

Our Research Reports are a great resource for finding tomorrow’s stock market winners today.

Paid Membership Benefits

For Online Investors and Financial Consultants Who Manage Stock Portfolios



75 to 100 proprietary research reports on some of today’s best stocks.

Research Reports


More than 2000 research reports in our archives to research something you need to look back on.

Growth Stock

Power Rankings

Sharek’s ranking of the top stocks in his managed Growth Stock Portfolio.

Conservative Stock

Power Rankings

Sharek’s ranking of the best value stocks in his Conservative Growth Portfolio.

Research Reports

If you’re the type who likes to manage their own stock portfolio, you need to be aware of the top stocks, you can’t leave your portfolio on cruise control. You have to buy big winners towards the beginning of a run higher.

There are a slew fantastic new stocks, and you don’t have time to research each one. Now you can have a trusted source to rely on to tell you what stocks look good and what they may be worth. 

Research Reports are available with a Paid Membership. Here’s a free sample report, our latest on Apple (AAPL):

Research Report Archives

When researching stocks, you often look-back to past stock market winners to see what they looked like at before the big run, or see why a company had lower profits one year.

Subscribe to a Paid Membership. and gain access to our Research Report Library, which holds data going back ten years on some of the best stocks during the decade.

Here’s a free peek at our Apple (AAPL) research library:

Growth Stock Power Rankings

Want to manage your own stock portfolio, but don’t have the time (or expertise) to do the work? We have portfolios you can mirror your own after.

Our Growth Stock Research includes in-depth research reports on top growth stocks in the market, including the Growth Portfolio Power Rankings. This is one of the best perks of a Paid Membership.

Value Stock Power Rankings

If you’re sick and tired of low-CD rates, and desire growth with safety, our Conservative Growth Portfolio holds some of the best Blue Chip stocks around.

Our Conservative Stock Research includes in-depth research reports on Blue Chip stocks, some which pay dividends.

Here we show you our Conservative Growth Portfolio Power Rankings., which is David’s ranking of the top value stocks in the stock market.

Case Study

Apple (AAPL) 2009 Q4

A great way to learn how to identify great stocks is to go back and see what a big winner looked like before it made a dramatic gain. 

Apple (AAPL) has been one of the best stocks during the last decade, so let’s go back ten years see what the stock looked like at the time. 

AAPL had a 7-for-1 stock split since these charts were made in 2009 Q4, so I remade these and adjusted my comments to account for the split. 

Sharek's Take

David SharekThis is the section in a Research Report where I give my overall take on the stock and discuss recent news as well as catalysts that could push profits higher. 

In this exercise, we will look back at my AAPL 2009 Q4 research report. In the original report I commented on each chart in the left column, with a supporting chart or table on the right. In this Case Study I removed my comments and replaced them with a tutorial on how to read our charts.

Remember these tables, charts and comments are from 2009. Charts and tables are adjusted for splits.

One Year Chart

Our one-year charts display weekly stock prices (high, low, and close) for the last 52 weeks, with qtrly profit growth bottom/left & profit growth Estimates for the next 2 qtrs bottom/right. The stock’s Estimated Long Term Growth Rate at the top is analyst profit growth estimates for the next 3-5 years. The P/E ratio and short history of Annual Profits is on the right.

Earnings Table

Our Earnings Tables have a plethora of data. Fundamentals from each qtr are posted horizontally, with Annual Profit Estimates at that time on the right.

Annual Profit Estimates are in green if these increased from the previous qtr and red if they declined. 

Profit estimates fluctuate before a qtr is announced. Each qtrly adjustment is noted in the Beat, Met, Missed by rows. So LastQtr AAPL beat estimates by 6 cents, and this estimate was upped by 2 cents three months earlier.

In the Qtrly Profit Growth column, profit growth of 20% or greater are in green, less than 10% are in red.

Fair Value

Profit History tables display a company’s annual profits (in EPS), median stock price and P/E the stock sold for. Dividend history is included on the far-right. Record profit years are in green, non-record years are in red.

Using past history and the future outlook, we estimate a Fair Value P/E for the stock. A rule of thumb is the P/E = the rate profits are growing at.

Bottom Line

Our ten-year charts show the monthly price data for the stock during the past decade, with profits along the right and the profit growth rate at the bottom.

Over the long-run (ten years) a stock’s growth is often similar to its profit growth (if the P/E remains consistent).

At the bottom of each Research Report we tell you if the stock is worthy for one of our portfolios, and if so where the stock ranks in that portfolio’s Power Rankings. Higher rated stocks are normally larger positions in portfolios.

David SharekDuring 2009 Q4 AAPL was $27 after-splits. The stock was $271 in my AAPL 2019 Q4 report, giving its investors a ten-fold gain in ten years (a ten-bagger) in addition to $16 in dividends.

Also, Apple was my #1 stock at this time, but I have nothing to brag about. I bought and sold the stock multiple times during the past decade, and didn’t deliver the gains I would have if I bought-and-held.

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About David Sharek

David Sharek is stock portfolio manager for Shareks Stock Portfolios and founder of  The School of Hard Stocks.

David’s flagship Growth Stock Portfolio has returned 13% per year since inception vs. 9% in the S&P 500 (2003-2019). He‘s had four years of +40% returns in his 17 years as a portfolio manager.

Sharek is author of the book The School of Hard Stocks — How to Get Your Portfolio Back to Even, which can be found on Amazon.

Paid Membership Benefits

Here's What You Receive with a Paid Membership



75  to 100 proprietary research reports on some of today’s best stocks.

Research Reports


More than 2000 research reports in our archives.

Growth Stock

Power Rankings

Sharek’s ranking of the top growth stocks in the market 

Conservative Stock

Power Rankings

Sharek’s ranking of the best value stocks in the market today.

Annual Membership

for online investors who crave research
$ 297 per year
  • Research Reports
  • Research Report Library
  • Growth Stock Power Rankings
  • Value Stock Power Rankings
  • Money Management

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  • Research Reports
  • Research Report Library
  • Growth Stock Power Rankings
  • Value Stock Power Rankings
  • Money Management