In the spirit of today's All-Star Game, our own all-star analysts offer a glimpse at their best-performing stocks over the past few years.
It's a beautiful day for baseball, so let's skip the pre-game show and get right to the selections.
Best small cap
But Marvel went on to surprise the investment world not just by bouncing back so well after a bankruptcy, but by sustaining its success at cranking out superhero movies, which many people called a passing fad. Four years later, X-Men 3 has just proved itself another big box-office hit, and Spider-Man 3 and many others are waiting in the wings over the next couple of years. The stock's done well, too, and I'm still holding.
Best Rule Breaker
I recommended Archipelago Holdings in the February 2005 issue of Rule Breakers. Now it's up 224% a year and a half later ... and trading as NYSE Group
Best blue chip
Best mutual fund
My only ETF is PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy, a Rule Breakers pick, and I'm down 9% on it. This ETF enables you to buy a basket of alternative energy companies, which I like over the next decade, even if the market hasn't made me like them very much over the past two months.
It still has to be Martha Stewart Living
I've talked about enough growth stocks. I think PetSmart
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David Gardner is co-founder of The Motley Fool. He is also a lead analyst for the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Rule Breakers newsletter services. He owns shares in Marvel, FedEx, PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy, and PetSmart. NYSE Group and PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy are Rule Breakers picks. Wal-Mart is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.