These stocks have gained 1,000%+ during bull run

10.03.2015 23:18

Jeff Cox |

Since the darkest days of the financial crisis, stocks have been on an almost unconstrained tear to the top.

The Nasdaq has soared 285 percent, the S&P 500 is up nearly 210 percent and the Dow industrials have surged 172 percent since the market bottomed on March 9, 2009.

That was when it looked like the world was ending and the stock market was little more than a black hole that countless dupes had shoveled money into.

Since then, markets have rallied for a number of reasons, not the least being the Federal Reserve‘s willingness to push nearly $4 trillion of liquidity into the markets and keep interest rates near zero as part of an easy monetary policy on a level never seen in the U.S.

Gaudy as the numbers sound for the major indexes, some individual stocks have done even better.

Some 32 stocks in the S&P 500 and another 13 in the Nasdaq have been what legendary investor Peter Lynch dubbed “ten baggers,” or investments that increased by 10 times their value, or 1,000 percent, during the six-year bull market recovery, according to numbers from Bespoke Investment Group and FactSet.

(No, Apple hasn’t been one of them. The tech giant during the period gained 952 percent as of midday trading Tuesday.)

The companies range from old-line firms like CBS to surprises such asSirius XM, which had been trading at 12 cents a share back in late 2008.

No Dow 30 company made the cut, though many have turned in outsized performances. American Express is up 657 percent, Walt Disney has climbed 575 percent and United Health has surged 544 percent.

A look at the “ten baggers” from the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, which on Tuesday marked the 15-year anniversary of its historic peak:

S&P 500’s Top 10 ’10-Baggers’

Company
Rise in % since 3/9/09
General Growth 10,116
Regneron 3,332
United Rentals 2,904
Wyndham Worldwide 2,817
Under Armour 2,329
L Brands 1,878
CBS 1,850
Seagate Technology 1,667
Gannett 1,679
Priceline 1,422
Source: Bespoke Investment Group

Nasdaq’s Top 10 ’10-Baggers’

Company
Rise in % since 3/9/09
Regneron Pharmaceuticals 3,322
Sirius XM 2,482
Seagate Technology 1,667
Liberty Interactive 1,445
Priceline 1,422
Keurig 1,394
Baidu 1,255
Alexion 1,050
Tractor Supply 1,049
Netflix 1,032




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