We covered the best and worst performing stocks in February in our prior post, but below we wanted to highlight the stocks that have done the best year-to-date so far in 2016 as well as the stocks that have done the best over the last 12 months.
Groupon (GRPN) was the top performing stock in February, and it’s also the top performing stock year-to-date with a gain of 55.7%. JC Penney (JCP) ranks second, followed by Newmont Mining (NEM), Michael Kors (KORS) and Alere (ALR). Other retailers like Dillard’s (DDS), Macy’s (M), Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS), Lululemon (LULU) and Coach (COH) are also on the list of 2016’s biggest winners. After underperforming significantly in 2015 even as oil prices were plummeting, retail stocks have recovered to start 2016.
While Groupon (GRPN) is the top performing stock year-to-date, another heavily shorted stock that gets plenty of negative press sits atop the list of best performing stocks over the last 12 months — Herbalife (HLF). With a gain of 76.56%, HLF is up more than any other Russell 1,000 stocks since the end of February 2015. Other notables on this list include Amazon.com (AMZN) with a YoY gain of 45.34%, Netflix (NFLX) at +37.68%, Facebook (FB) at +35.39%, Panera (PNRA) at +28.35%, Alphabet (GOOGL) at +27.48%, and Nike (NKE) at +26.83%.