No. 5: FedEx
Q4 Return: 8%
Total Return: 11%
Investor: Paul R. La Monica
La Monica liked FedEx off the bat because it’s a fundamentally strong, low-risk stock. Unfortunately for FedEx and its advocate, that wasn’t nearly enough to offset the year’s tough reality: The global economy is weak.
The stock’s chart is ripe with ups and downs for the year, and even an 8% climb in the last three months wasn’t enough to offset the headwinds this global economic bellwether faced. The second-largest delivery company after UPS (NYSE:UPS) most recently blamed its weakness on Hurricane Sandy, but excuses don’t really matter in this contest.