It was a solid year for the stock market all around. But as always, some stocks stood out even more than others.
Biotech and biopharma stocks always have a few names that explode, as is the case with small-cap stocks. But instead of looking at risky, speculative plays that only look awesome in hindsight or simply pointing out the outliers, let’s take a look at a few trends in 2013 that resulted in big gains.
Some of the hottest stocks of 2013 fell into four distinct buckets: 3D printing stocks like 3D Systems (DDD), tech stocks like Google (GOOG), solar stocks like FirstSolar (FSLR) and new stocks (you know, IPOs) like The Container Store (TCS) and Twitter (TWTR).
Let’s take a closer look at each segment to recap the hottest stocks of the year.