Spot Super Stocks

Start by looking at which ones performed the best over the past ten years. Here are 25.

Stocks, as I have said too many times to count, are meant to be long-term investments. So one challenge for investors is to figure out which companies will perform best over, say, the next ten years. But how?

A good way to start is to look at past performance, so I asked the number crunchers at Standard & Poor's to calculate which stocks gained the most over the past ten years. I limited the universe to stocks that trade on U.S. exchanges and currently have a market capitalization of at least $1 billion. Of the top 25, four are energy companies, three are health-care stocks, two are in the chemical sector, five in metals, and the rest are scattered among such disparate sectors as machinery, soft drinks and shipping.

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James K. Glassman
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.