Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Five surprising winners

We have just a few days to go in 2012, and the S&P 500 is up a refreshingly robust 14% year to date. It may come as a surprise to see the numbers lining up to make this year a slightly better than average year for the markets.

Didn't we have a contentious presidential election? Isn't Europe still a mess? What about this fiscal cliff we keep hearing about?

Well, the market isn't the only surprising climber this year. Let's take a closer look at five well-known companies that are trading nicely higher in 2012.

Apple up 30%

Netflix up 36%

Amazon.com up 49%

Sears Holdings up 39%

Microsoft up 9%

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