Best Performing Stocks Since March 2009

Having recently passed the 4th anniversary of the March 2009 low, below is a list of the best performing stocks in the S&P 500 (that were in the index at the time) since that date.  The S&P 500 is up 135% from its lowest point, but each of these stocks is up nearly 1000%.

The best performer overall is $WYN which is up 1700% since March 9, 2009.  That’s followed by two media companies: $CBS and $GCI.  The only bank on the list is $FITB, which comically hit a low of just under five-thirds.  Generally, the common thread running through each of these companies is a high amount of debt.

Stepping outside of the $SPX, the best performing Russell 3000 stock was Pier 1 imports, which has gained 15,000% in four years.  At its low, $PIR had a market cap of just $13 m compared to $2.4 B today.

Best Performers Since March 09

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