The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) index has just about flatlined over the last five years. It's been anything but a comfortable ride, what with the financial implosion of 2008 and all, but we're pretty much back where we started again.
But just because the overall market has been comatose doesn't mean that there were no winners. Would you believe that one Dow component has gained 155% over the same period? Even more shockingly, it's a company that depends heavily on a healthy housing market. I'm talking about Home Depot (NYSE:HD).
The building-materials retailer has earned these gains by controlling costs and pumping up profitability while revenue hardly moved at all:
Expand your horizons beyond the Dow and you'll find a plethora of huge gains. S&P Capital IQ tells me that 56 of the 500 stocks on the S&P 500 index more than doubled. Here's a select handful of the most interesting names:
At first glance, this looks like a motley crew. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) rise to power has been very thoroughly documented. Teradata (NYSE:TDC) rides the "big data" explosion. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has become a real turnaround story lately, and priceline.com (NASDAQ:BKNG) actually thrives on consumers getting frugal in response to the recession.
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