Well, despite some of the negativity that exists on the macro side of things — including a China slowdown, growing bearish sentiment among investors, the mess in Europe, and continued sluggishness at home on the consumer and jobs front (I recently wrapped up 11 signs the rally is stalling in a separate column if you want the gory details) — the markets continue to plod higher.
As of this writing, the Dow is up over 10%, the S&P 500 is up about 17% and the Nasdaq is up a whopping 23% year-to-date since Jan. 1.
Those are impressive gains that can’t be argued with. But even more impressive are some of the top performers in these benchmark indices. There are blue chips out there that have delivered three, four and even five times the returns!
So what are these picks? Here’s a list of the large caps in the S&P 500 that have trounced the market year-to-date, with returns ranging from 72% to a whopping 164% since Jan. 1.