Sector: Consumer Staples
YTD Performance: +34%
First up, we have Kroger (KR), the country’s largest supermarket chain. The company gets 94% of its revenue from grocery locations — with convenience stores, fueling centers and even fine jewelry stores make up the rest — and 100% of it stateside.
Kroger boasted revenue of $96.8 billion worth last year from locations in 31 states, making the Cincinnati-based company America’s 23rd-largest retailer based on annual sales.
That scale has translated to results. Kroger stock has improved 50% in the past 12 months and is more than doubling the market so far in 2013, even in the face of a recent post-earnings selloff. In fact, it remains ahead of rocketing rivals like Safeway (SWY, +30% YTD) and Harris Teeter (HTSI, +23%) so far this year.