Year-to-Date Gain: 50%
Dividend Yield: 5.2%
The first stock on our list is one of China’s top online game developers, Giant Interactive Group (GA).
Earlier this week, Giant Interactive shares crept higher along with other Chinese stocks thanks to “optimism the biggest emerging economy is stabilizing after a two-quarter slowdown,” according to Reuters.
Of course, while talk of a Chinese slowdown has held back a lot of equities so far this year, Giant has weathered the storm just fine. GA’s year-to-date gains sit at a hefty 50% — more than double the S&P 500 — thanks in part to most-recent quarterly earnings that showed 11% revenue growth year-over-year and net income improvement of nearly 20%.
That’s not to say Giant is guaranteed to keep up its rocketing growth, especially considering the fact that, for now, it has had little competition. The sale of gaming consoles has been banned in the country for over a decade, but chatter has been getting louder that such a ban might be lifted. If companies like Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) have a chance to grab part of the Chinese online gaming market — which is estimated to be more than $11.9 billion this year — Giant’s future could be a bit rockier.
Of course, GA’s dividend is there to easy your worries. The company came public in late 2007 and has been paying a dividend (annually) since early 2009. Last year, GA increased its dividend from about 30 cents to 42, helping Giant’s yield keep up with its sprinting shares.