The Barron’s 500: Apple Tops the List

Visa made the top 10, but slipped three places


apple on fire 630Barron’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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