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TJX Companies (TJX)

2011 Gain: $20.16 (45%)
2011 Closing price: $64.55

Is frugal the new black? For the answer look no further than TJX, the owner of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods. The company sells brand-name and designer fashions for up to 60 percent off department store prices. And with consumers reluctant to open their wallets, investors are betting this company is in the right place at the right time.

What’s the trade?

This is a case of sticking with what’s working. “It performed well in 2011,“ says trader Pete Najarian, “and I think it performs well in 2012 again. This is a name where the margins have continued to increase, same-store sales continue to go up, and they have nothing but growth.”

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