No. 2: Apple
YTD Return: 64%
No matter if Under Armour might be the next Apple — this Apple is still here. And when highlighting its performance this year, it’s hard to know where to start. Sure, 64% stock price gains are nice. But what else should we talk about?
Should we mention its recent patent victory over rival Samsung? Should we throw in the highly anticipated upcoming release of its iPhone 5? Or maybe its foray into the 7-inch tablet market with the s0-called iPad mini? We could also talk about the fact that it recently soared to a record U.S. market cap?
Yes to all those things. But you know that. You’ve heard it all before and you’ve seen it first hand. Heck, you probably own an iPod, Mac, iPhone, iPad or maybe even one of each. Apple has undoubtedly revolutionized technology and thus continues to soar.
In fact, making a bearish case for Apple its pretty hard — although InvestorPlace Editor Jeff Reeves has at least tried. The only surprise about seeing its name on this list is that it didn’t take the top spot. Speaking of which …