Picking The Winners

Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 6:33 PM ET

Picking The Winners

Everyone loves a winner. Following are the best performing stocks for 2008 for the Dow, Nasdaq and the S&P. But will they perform as well this year?

Dow Top 10 Performers YTD (compiled Dec. 31st)

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) Up 17.95%
McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Up 5.57%
Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) Down -10.30%
Home Depot Inc (HD) Down -14.55%
Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) Down -14.79%
Procter & Gamble Co (PG) Down -15.80%
Kraft Foods Inc (KFT) Down -17.71%
Chevron Corp (CVX) Down -20.74%
Verizon Communications (VZ) Down -22.05%
Pfizer Inc (PFE) Down -22.09%

(scroll down to see the top 10 Nasdaq and S&P stocks for 2008)

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Nasdaq 100 Top 10 Performers YTD(compiled Dec. 31st).

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX) Up 30.78%
Amgen Inc (AMGN) Up 24.35%
Celgene Corp (CELG) Up 19.63%
Ross Stores Inc (ROST) Up 16.27%
Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) Up 11.15%
Apollo Group Inc (APOL) Up 9.22%
Cephalon Inc (CEPH) Up 7.36%
CH Robinson Worldwide Inc (CHRW) Up 1.68%
The DIRECTV Group Inc (DTV) Down -0.91%
FLIR Systems Inc (FLIR) Down -1.98%

S&P Top 10 Performers YTD:

Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO) Up 35.57%
UST Inc (UST) Up 26.61%
Amgen Inc (AMGN) Up 24.35%
H and R Block Inc (HRB) Up 22.35%
Celgene Corp (CELG) Up 19.63%
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) Up 17.95%
Rohm and Haas Co (ROH) Up 16.43%
Autozone Inc (AZO) Up 16.31%
Hasbro Inc (HAS) Up 14.03%
Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) Up 11.15%

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