The S&P 500 is up over 20% YTD, but over the last 12 months, it is up just under 10% on a total return basis.  And within the S&P 1500, there are only 44 stocks that are up more than 50% on a total return basis over the last 12 months.  These 44 stocks are listed below.

Innovative Industrials (IIPR) — a cannabis REIT — has been the best performing stock in the S&P 1500 over the last year with a total return of 302%.  In second place is eHealth (EHTH) with a gain of 269%, followed by Avon Products (AVP) at +174.8% and Coca-Cola Bottling (COKE) at +128.58%.  Coca-Cola Bottling is probably one of the last names you would have guessed as a top five performer over the last year!  Other notables on the list of biggest winners include Advanced Micro (AMD), LendingTree (TREE), Starbucks (SBUX), AutoZone (AZO), Chipotle (CMG), Hershey (HSY), and Procter & Gamble (PG).

Some names that aren’t on the list that you may have expected to see?  AMZN, NFLX, MSFT?  Nope.  None of the mega-cap Tech companies are on the list of biggest winners due to serious weakness from this group in Q4 2018.  Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to unlock all of Bespoke’s premium equity market research and interactive looks.

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