#10: Lincoln National (LNC)
Lincoln National (LINC) is one of the smaller components in the S&P 500, but the financial stock’s gains are some of the biggest of the year on Wall Street. Lincoln National is in the insurance and wealth management business, and 2013 was a great year for this arm of the financial industry. After all, when the economy is recovering and stocks are surging, it’s an easy sell to get more folks to believe in the value of retirement planning.
Of course, LNC is still not back to levels seen before the financial crisis. But the company hasn’t posted a quarterly loss since 2011 and its restructuring during challenging times has put it in a prime position to prosper now that things are looking up.