Barron’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.
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:
- Wesco International (NYSE:WCC)
- Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC)
- DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA)
- C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW)
- Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
- Joy Global (NYSE:JOY)
- Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX)
- MRC Global (NYSE:MRC)
You can find the entire list and additional detail on the top companies at Barron’s.