All in all, 2016 was a year that most investors would like to forget about. Yes, we are technically up by double-digits over the past 12 months or so … but there was more than a little heartache along the way.
There were recession fears back in Q1 as the economy slowed. In June, we had the drama of the Brexit vote. Then in November, we had a little election of our own in the U.S.
The last few weeks of 2016 have been a breath of fresh air, with markets powering to all-time highs and many investors showing a renewed sense of optimism for what lies ahead. In many respects, Wall Street has already moved on from this year and is now living firmly in 2017.
However, the challenges of the last year shouldn’t’ be forgotten — and neither should the companies that managed to put up consistent market-beating gains even while the broader stock market was struggling until Election Day.
Here are the top 10 stocks in the entire S&P 500, spanning sectors from retail to manufacturing to energy to tech, all with unique growth stories that are worth telling.