The Barron’s 500: Apple Tops the List

Visa made the top 10, but slipped three places


apple on fire 630 300x227 The Barrons 500: Apple Tops the ListBarron’s is out with its annual list of the 500 best performing companies for 2013.

This year, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) captured the top spot, rising from second place last year. Barron’s noted that the company produced revenue of $157 billion in fiscal 2012 with free cash flow of $42.7 billion.

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Credit card companies also fared well this year. Visa (NYSE:V) slipped from fifth place last year, to eight this year. But rivals MasterCard (NYSE:MA), American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) all placed in the top 30.

Barron’s compiles the list by evaluating thousands of publicly-traded companies in the U.S. and Canada in a partnership with a division of Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS). The companies are ranked based on adjusted three-year return on investment, a median cash-flow metric and sales growth during the most recent fiscal year.

Here are the top 10 performing companies in 2013, according to Barron’s:

  1. Apple
  2. Wesco International (NYSE:WCC)
  3. Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC)
  4. DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA)
  5. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW)
  6. Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
  7. Joy Global (NYSE:JOY)
  8. Visa
  9. Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX)
  10. MRC Global (NYSE:MRC)

You can find the entire list and additional detail on the top companies at Barron’s.

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