6. Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly
Best Buy (BBY) has been one of the most surprising stocks of the year … and a whole lot of credit has to be given to the relatively new Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly. Joly took the reins in August of 2012 and breathed life back into the consumer electronics and appliances chain, which had been slayed by “showrooming.”
Hubert Joly attacked the retailer’s problems — including its disastrous holdings in Europe — head on by cutting costs and inking in-store “boutique” deals with big names like Microsoft (MSFT) and others.
Wall Street was impressed by the new Best Buy CEO, too. In fact, BBY stock has gained 246% in 2013 after shedding around half its value in 2012.