It has been almost five years since the S&P 500 index bottomed on March 9, 2009. The benchmark index for blue-chip stocks closed at 676.53 that day.
Now, the S&P is up roughly 170% and setting new records like clockwork. Any day now, it could push through the 1900 mark.
But not all components in this stock market index are created equal. There are some stocks like troubled retailer Staples (SPLS) that have completely sat out this massive bull market … and some of the best stocks from the S&P 500 since that time have put the 170% gains of the index to shame, boasting returns that are as much as 15 times as great!
So what are the best stocks since the March 9, 2009, lows? And more importantly, what’s their outlook going forward?
Let’s take a look at these S&P 500 outperformers: