Given the market’s mayhem since April, you might be surprised to learn that the major indices aren’t doing all that bad in 2012. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 5% as of this writing, and the S&P 500 is up almost 8%. Many of their components are up significantly more than that, too, tallying 30%, 50% even 70% gains in the first six months of the year.
As we mark the halfway point of 2012, it’s worth taking a look back at some of these top performers to see the story the market is telling us. While there admittedly are big troubles hanging over the global economy in the form of Europe’s debt crisis and persistently high unemployment numbers at home, certain sectors and specific companies are knocking it out of the park.
And some of these businesses might surprise you.
To help highlight the hottest major companies on Wall Street right now, this list features the five best Dow Jones Industrial Average components and the five best S&P 500 components. These are all stocks of significant size, so their gains are worth noting.
Here’s the list: