The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics around the investing world.

This year has seen some pretty impressive gains from technology stocks, even with the last month paring back gains from a record first quarter. However, just because a company is seeing a monster share performance doesn't mean the company is firing on all cylinders. As an example, the biggest gainers can often be companies that had seen their share prices bottom and risked bankruptcy but are bouncing back because they'd managed to stave off going under. As far as wonderful execution and great share returns in 2012, Eric singles out Apple and Samsung as two top megacaps. Digging a bit deeper into a smaller company that's excelling, Eric singles out 3D Systems as a company seeing a great start to the year. To see Eric's full thoughts on the top tech performers of 2012, watch the following video.

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