#2 Dow Stock: Disney
YTD Gain: 29%
The Mouse House is alive and well in 2012, with The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) cranking out big gains in the first half of the year. That’s thanks in part to breaking box-office records with its superhero flick The Avengers, but also because of an increase in theme park traffic. And let’s not forget double-digit gains in cable and broadcast divisions in Disney’s last earnings report, thanks to properties like ESPN and ABC Family.
Looking forward, this media giant is not resting on its laurels. You can bet Disney is banking on important merchandising from its hits like The Avengers, as well as keeping the company focused on the future with a great pipeline of future offerings and sequels.
It’s worth noting the stable leadership and great performance of DIS over the long term, too. The company’s top exec, Bob Iger, is one of the best CEOs in the Dow Jones, leading the stock to gains of more than 110% since he took over in 2005.