When you take a look at the previous year’s best stocks from the whole Russell 3000 — which accounts for about 98% of U.S. equities — you’re bound to see some eye-popping returns. According to Bespoke Investment Group, the top performer was biotechnology micro-cap BioDelivery Sciences International (NASDAQ:BDSI), which gained 435% on the year. Heck, even the 50th-best performer managed a tantalizing 135%!
After a year like that, it would seem like sheer greed to bet on any one of these names coming close again. But I think five of the stocks that made this list in 2012 actually are very likely to repeat this year. Here they are: