10 stocks to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
Here are some of the top-performing large caps for the year.
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.
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.)
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 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)
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker had no position in the companies mentioned.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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