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If you’re bargain shopping for U.S. stocks, start here

Every investor would love to find bargain stocks, but with prices at record highs, the question is: Where are they?

You can start your own research here: There are 27 large-cap companies in the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.41%  that have reported improved sales per share and profitability whose shares have languished this year.

The benchmark index has returned 20.7% this year through Dec. 8, with dividends reinvested. Here’s how the S&P 500’s sectors have performed:

S&P 500 sectorTotal return - 2017, through Dec. 8
Information Technology38.1%
Health Care22.2%
Consumer Discretionary20.8%
Consumer Staples12.1%
Real Estate10.6%
Telecommunications Services-6.0%
Source: FactSet