10 Best Stocks of the Past 10 Years

These companies powered through the past decade. Can they keep it up?

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At the close of any decade, we're often compelled to look back—especially at investment returns. Below, we highlight the 10 stocks in Standard & Poor's 500-stock index with the best 10-year records. The list has a few surprises, as well as some household names. Read on to learn why they soared and whether the good times will continue. Stocks are listed in order of total return; returns and other data are through October 31.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.