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10 Best S&P Stocks of 2013

These 10 stocks crushed the competition amid a strong overall year for the broader markets

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It has been a heck of a year for the stock market, with the S&P 500 index tacking on more than 27% as of this writing. But even more amazing is the fact that some stocks have lapped these impressive returns many times over.

best-stocks-etfs-mutual-funds-2013-2014In fact, the 10 highest fliers in this U.S. blue chip stock index all have doubled investors’ money across the last 12 months … and one has even quadrupled year-to-date! Many stocks have rallied thanks to a recovering American economy and improving investor sentiment, but others on this are true turnaround stories.

In late 2012, traders had left some of these names for dead, but a number of the S&P 500’s best stocks achieved big-time gains in the last year by proving these bears wrong. So what were the top S&P 500 stocks of 2013? Take a look:

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