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%