The Barron’s 500: Apple Tops the List

by Christopher Freeburn | May 6, 2013 9:49 am

The Barron’s 500: Apple Tops the List

apple on fire 630 300x227 The Barron's 500: Apple Tops the List[1]Barron’s is out with its annual list of the 500┬ábest performing companies for 2013[2].

This year, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[3]) 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[4]) slipped from fifth place last year, to eight this year. But rivals MasterCard (NYSE:MA[5]), American Express (NYSE:AXP[6]) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS[7]) 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[8]). 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[9])
  3. Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC[10])
  4. DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA[11])
  5. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW[12])
  6. Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM[13])
  7. Joy Global (NYSE:JOY[14])
  8. Visa
  9. Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX[15])
  10. MRC Global (NYSE:MRC[16])

You can find the entire list and additional detail on the top companies at Barron’s[17].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/apple-on-fire-630.jpg
  2. best performing companies for 2013: http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424052748703591404578453032382599550.html?mod=BOL_article_full_more#articleTabs_article%3D0
  3. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  4. V: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=V
  5. MA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MA
  6. AXP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AXP
  7. DFS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DFS
  8. CS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CS
  9. WCC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WCC
  10. WDC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WDC
  11. DVA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DVA
  12. CHRW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CHRW
  13. QCOM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=QCOM
  14. JOY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JOY
  15. STX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=STX
  16. MRC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MRC
  17. Barron’s: http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424052748703591404578461563217278972.html?mod=BOL_qtoverview_barlatest

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