The Top Stock for 2013 So Far

In the following video, Motley Fool contributor John Reeves takes a close look at Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) to highlight for investors some of the reasons that this stock has been the top performer in the S&P 500 so far this year. John takes a look at Netflix's subscriber base and utilization, and compares it with some of the competition the company faces. Also, John takes a look at the number two and three performers in the S&P year to date, Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD  ) .

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  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2013, at 9:51 PM, tundrowalker wrote:

    I'm laughing about AMD, b/c I invested in it when sites like Ars Technica were basically writing articles about its death knell. I also tossed $ into Blackberry. I tossed $ into both, b/c they're dark horses. They've had some hey-days, but both fell on some hard times. However, instead doing stupid things like cheaping out on parts and junk like Dell did, both companies are buckling down and getting serious about turning themselves around. I don't even pay attention to their competitors or anything; I just focus on them as individual businesses. Blackberry got a big black eye from resting on its laurels in the past. But, over the past year or so they have shown they are very interested in getting back in the game. Between buying QNX as their OS (which is an amazing asset), and their get-back-in-the-game smartphones being on-par with iPhones right out of the gate, their management understanding that if they want to make a come-back they need to cater to customers not shareholders ... I felt confident in supporting them. I tossed $ at them when tons of other folks were saying "sell". They havent' rebounded as quick as AMD, but they are on the road for a nice recovery over time. AMD was the same. Others were predicing it going out of business. But, the facts didn't point to that. Their management has gotten serious, they have game plans for new architecture, they're looking into expanding into mobile, b/c they were hungry Sony and MS tapped them to make their APU's for their new consoles ... AMD is in business, and they are serious about making a come-back or at least remaining a thorn in every competitor's side. I bought AMD at $2.50, and I'm chuckling now that it's > $4. While others were lauding stocks that were going for $40+, and patting themselves on the back when it hit $45 or $50, I'm sitting here watching my AMD investment quickly double. And I'm sitting with it for the long haul. There is nothing more powerful than a company that has fallen on hard times and chosen to stop resting on its laurels and finally get hungry and serious and get back in the game. BoA is another. JCPenny has the makings of one, but I'm still on the fence about it (even though I tossed $ into it).

  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2013, at 11:40 PM, jwtrotter wrote:

    It's comical to talk about AMD about being serious in making a comeback now. They are really just surviving and barely escaping bankruptcy. They've had as much time, actually more time then their competitors to make a comeback and they are only now 'making a comeback'. Selling a bunch of real estate, letting go of much of their most valuable talent in order to manage debt isn't really showing good foresight or management .. it's desperation, as is the idea that winning the traditional game consoles would actually get the back to profitability. It's EASY to invest in a company below $3/share and make a quick buck now. I'd feel real squeamish about buying, even holding, this stock now. Good luck to all the investors looking for comeback story with a company that is making desperate promises on the verge of bankruptcy. The only real 'recovery' will come if they acquired by a competitor and those suitors would have to deal with a terrible debt burden as well as a complex set of agreements with Intel.

  • Report this Comment On May 20, 2013, at 8:02 AM, rav55 wrote:


    "They are really just surviving and barely escaping bankruptcy"

    What planet are you from? Now that is comical. Seriously, all squeamishness aside. Do you really think that Microsoft AND Sony, oh yeah and Nintendo too are going to risk the next generation of their game consoles with a company who as you say is barely escaping bankruptcy.

    You are SUCH an analyst. Why is the street reacting the way it is then?

    You do realise that the game console business is pretty close to a $100 BILLION a year and it's all going to run on AMD silicon. Do you realise just how ignorant you appear when you make such idiotic statements?

    "The TV games console industry is worth around $100 billion a year. Not bad at all for an industry in complete turmoil."

    At Gamasutra and at many other console industry websites the above is the consensus.

    Now that is not limited to hardware but software development and subscription based content as well.

    So before you put pen to paper and again look really dumb, do your homework.

    AMD is running up because Microsoft is buying silicon.

    XBOX Infinity or whatever and PS4 has AMD Inside.

    The end of the Intel hegemony has begun.

  • Report this Comment On May 20, 2013, at 8:04 AM, rav55 wrote:

    "desperate promises"

    Quote ONE desperate promise!

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