After more than 15 years of downs and then ups, the Nasdaq Composite just eclipsed its intraday high from March 10, 2000. To commemorate this milestone, we wanted to highlight the top performing stocks in the Nasdaq Composite from March 10, 2000 through today’s new high. Believe it or not, there are 99 stocks in the index that are up 1,000% or more during this period. While we don’t have enough space to list all 99 stocks, the table below lists the 26 stocks that are up more than 3,000% during this period, and one of them is not Apple (AAPL). AAPL has certainly had an impressive run, but with a gain of 2,750% it came up just short of making the list. Just to give you an idea of how low the stock’s price was in March 2000, a share price of $139.5 would have been enough for it to make the list.
Looking at the list, there are a lot of interesting names. When you think of highfliers, the Consumer Staples sector is usually not the first sector that comes to mind, but the two top performing stocks are both from that sector and have blown away the rest of the field. Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) have rallied more than 50,000% since the last time the Nasdaq traded at these levels while Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) has rallied nearly 21,000%. It’s also ironic that both stocks are companies that Coca-Cola (KO) has taken a large stake in, although KO took these stakes after the big runs in the stock. Outside of these two names, some of the other well-known names include Panera (PNRA), Gilead (GILD), and Express Scripts (ESRX). Perhaps the more surprising aspect of this list is the number of stocks that aren’t household names even after the big runs they have had. One sector that is conspicuously absent from the list below is Technology. Although it is one of the larger sectors in the market, not a single stock from the sector made the list. The reason for this is that every stock in the sector that was publicly traded at the time was center stage in what was one of the greatest stock market bubbles in generations.