Forget Apple, Google…this is Nasdaq 2.0

Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 3:32 PM ET

The Nasdaq 100 is up big this year, but the companies leading the gains may not be the ones you think.

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During Friday's trading session, the Nasdaq climbed to a fresh 13-year high. The index is up 21 percent so far in 2013, beating the S&P 500 and Dow, which are up 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Among the 20 best-performing stocks this year, 14 are nontechnology companies. In fact, eight are consumer discretionary, five are biotech and one belongs to consumer staples.

Tech giants such as Apple, Google, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft are nowhere near the top. So, in a new era where innovation is highly correlated to stock performance, will the new kids on the block continue to outperform?


Ticker Company Price YTD % Chg.
TSLA Tesla Motors 183.4 441.5
NFLX Netflix 313.8 238.9
MU Micron Technology 17.2 171.8
GMCR Green Mountain Coffee 84.2 103.6
CELG Celgene 149.9 91
VRTX Vertex 76.2 81.7
FB Facebook 47.5 78.4
REGN Regeneron 300.8 75.8
CHTR Charter Comm. 133.8 75.6
GILD Gilead Sciences 63.9 73.9
BIIB Biogen 248.1 69.5
PCLN Priceline 1003 61.7
ATVI Activision Blizzard 17 60
VIAB Viacom 83.1 57.6
YHOO Yahoo! 30.9 55.4
WDC Western Digital 63.7 49.9
FOXA Twenty-First Century Fox 33 46.5
BIDU Baidu 146.3 45.8
DLTR Dollar Tree 58 43
SBUX Starbucks 76.1 41.9

—BY CNBC's Giovanny Moreano. Follow him on Twitter: @giovannymoreano

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