Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) might have been recently dubbed the “Worst Company in America” for the second straight year, but it’s one of Wall Street’s best stocks in 2013. It has gained more than 50% so far this year, including an 18% one-day jump last week when it forecast earnings of $1.20 per share for the coming fiscal year — a dime higher than the Street expected.
Teen retailer Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) has returned even more this year, quadrupling the S&P 500‘s solid performance with a 66% run. The company is slated to report earnings tomorrow, and the consensus estimate is for an EPS of 12 cents — a 14% drop year-over-year that should come despite a 13% expected gain in sales.
Next up, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon has said he would rather quit than have his two roles split; shareholders are scheduled to vote later this month at their annual meeting on whether the roles should be unlinked. InvestorPlace editor Jeff Reeves doesn’t think Dimon will go anywhere, though.
Japanese electronics maker Sony (NYSE:SNE) made headlines (and a solid move north Tuesday) after billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb called for the company to spin off its electronics and entertainment businesses. Loeb also revealed that his hedge fund has snagged a 6.5% stake in Sony, making it the largest shareholder.
Sprouts, a small-format organic grocer, filed for an IPO last week. While the space is getting quite crowded — including players like Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM), Natural Grocers by Village Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) and more — Sprouts sets itself apart with a focus on value.
Lastly, electric-car maker Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) pulled back about 5% amid a breathtaking 150% year-to-date run, fueled in part by the company’s announcement of its first ever profit — something InvestorPlace contributor Jim Woods was more than a little happy about.
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