10 stocks to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Here are some of the top-performing large caps for the year.

By Benzinga Nov 27, 2013 2:57PM

Image: Stock market Up (© Corbis)By Tim Parker


Most Thanksgiving get-togethers include the classic question: "What are you thankful for?"


If you’re an investor and you’ve held any of these stocks since the beginning of the year, while others talk about health and happiness, you might mention your portfolio.

Here are a few of the top-performing large-cap stocks of 2013:


Icahn Enterprises (IEP)

You know this company as the firm ran by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with his results. Icahn Enterprises is up 143 percent year to date.


Micron Technology (MU)

If you’re a fan of CNBC’s "Fast Money," you’ve seen TV personality Regis Philbin talk of his allegiance to this stock and for good reason. Micron is up 258 percent this year. This $10 billion company manufactures and markets semiconductor components including memory chips.


Netflix (NFLX)

Remember 2012 when Netflix was left for dead? If you picked it up in August of 2012, you’re up about 400 percent but this year alone the stock is up 286 percent. (One of those value investors that bought when the stock was cheap was Carl Icahn.)


TripAdvisor (TRIP)

Some stocks fly under the radar posting big gains while few people notice. TripAdvisor is up 99 percent year to date. A competitor to Yelp (YELP), the company’s stock is currently in a basing pattern that could lead to even more gains as the stock takes a pause.


Best Buy (BBY)

Yes, you read that right. An example of a retailer decimated by online retailers like Amazon (AMZN), Best Buy was considered the next Barnes and Noble (BKS) -- a dinosaur that was sure to close its doors any day. Instead, the company reinvented itself, including a price-match policy with that led to gains of 235 percent.


Tesla (TSLA)

Tesla was up more than 400 percent this year before investors began taking profits in the name. Currently, it’s up 240 percent -- still quite impressive for a startup electric car maker.


Delta Air Lines (DAL)

Never buy an airline stock unless you’re trying to lose money. That was the prevailing wisdom for years but airline stocks took off this year. Delta printed gains of 138 percent. Others like Southwest (LUV) are up 77 percent and US Airways (LCC), 70 percent.


Boston Scientific (BSX)

Some areas of health care had a banner year as well. Boston Scientific logged gains of 100 percent while Celgene (CELG) and Gilead Sciences (GILD) are up triple digits.


Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker had no position in the companies mentioned.


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Nov 28, 2013 9:09AM

An article like this is really hindsight:  doesn't really help everyone who didn't own these over the last year.  The people who have owned them already know they've done well.  Keep a balanced, diversified portfolio, and pretty much stick with it, not trying to chase the hot stock (because probably by the time you would get in, it's already had the big runn-up). 

Nov 27, 2013 8:00PM
I agree. Get off your duff, and work like your life depends on it , because it does!
Nov 28, 2013 11:12AM
In Germany, consumer confidence and optimism for December has reached a six-year high with the expectation of higher incomes. In contrast, in the US, consumer confidence is at a 7 month low because the middle class is not part of our so-called recovery, and for those who still have jobs in the USA, we don't have job security, no matter how much effort we show.
Nov 28, 2013 7:46AM
Each listed stock is QE-dependent. What's to miss out on? Game tokens? We have NO economy.
Nov 28, 2013 2:11AM

With the Fed stuffing the QE into the bird, just about everything is up this year.

My portfolio is as plump as my belly after Thanksgiving at Grandma's.

When reality returns, I hope we're not eating stale leftovers for a long time.

Nov 27, 2013 7:04PM
What can I say? I have a very trustworthy advisor, whom I have known for 20 years. He handles my investments. I am a "retired" professional who is in no way "rich" - a relative term. A personal disaster cost me a lot of it. Thankfully, I had it and was over 55 years old. If I had known earlier in my life it would be a better portfolio. I was in school until I was 32 yearsold and broke.  I came from a working class family. My Dad was not educated in investing. He was a working man who put his funds into me and my sisters. He had his pension and Social Security, and felt safe. You won't have Social Security if you are young - what year?? Young folks, follow the "10% for me - consistently and as soon as you can. There are others out there of your age who have had advisors since before their birth.  Find an honest advisor. I don't like the big names. You get put into a program with all the little fish.   Good luck.    Semper Fi
Nov 28, 2013 11:22AM
I would look to Europe now - they will come out of this Recession/Depression faster than the US. I think US stocks are extremely precarious investments, and may be subject to major corrections in Dec / Jan.
Nov 27, 2013 5:36PM
I guess I missed out on all of them.
Nov 28, 2013 8:30AM
"If you’re an investor and you’ve held any of these stocks since the beginning of the year, while others talk about health and happiness, you might mention your portfolio."

Two seconds later-- Grandma moves you off the kiddie table and out to the dog house. America is DONE with greedy grubbers. Everyone but YOU knows that QE = higher taxes to pay for it. Better to NOT have QE and YOU get a REAL job.
Nov 28, 2013 5:25PM
 And thanks for the Feds welfare program for the ultra rich. You the moron democrat I suppose you should be thankful for the 150,000$ debt per working American and the lowest labor participation rate since 1978. Now go wait for your welfare health care page to load bring some food stamps it might take awhile.
Nov 28, 2013 11:26AM
Oh, look at that: JCP over $10 before Dec.....I think they will dip again before Jan.

Ullman, time to show your employees a little love.
Too bad you're opening your stores on Thanksgiving - you still have a lot to learn.
Nov 28, 2013 10:10AM

There are other maybe safer Companies to invest in...?

Some of these could or might come down quicker then they went up...?

Hope everyone has a nice Holiday, whether you are stuffing yourself or shopping until you drop.

Nov 27, 2013 11:14PM
If you wanted to be humbled........ be grateful for TWIT........ 
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