The year 2009 was quite the roller coaster ride for investors. The S&P 500 started the year making fresh decade lows then proceeded to embark on a huge 60%+ rally from its March lows. For the skilled stock pickers who simply bought on January 1st, there were only 20 stocks that kicked the markets ass and yielded 1000%+ returns.
Topping the list this year is Diedrich Coffee (DDRX) which started the year at a measly $.36 per share. Today it closed at $34.73, leaving the stock with a staggering 9,547.22% return for the year. That means if you would have invested even $10,000 in the stock on January first it would be worth $954,722.00 today. Not bad huh?
A full list of all stocks we found with atleast a 1000% return are listed below in alphabetical order (Note alongside the minimum 1000% return stocks had to average over 100,000 shares traded per day).
- Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)
- Bon Ton Stores (BONT)
- Boise Inc (BZ)
- Avis Budget Group (CAR)
- Dana Holding Corp (DAN)
- Diedrich Coffee (DDRX)
- Dragonwave (DRWI)
- Dollar Thrifty Automotive (DTG)
- Human Genome Sciences (HGSI)
- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX)
- Nanometrics (NANO)
- Netlist (NLST)
- Opexa Therapeutics (OPXA)
- Pier 1 Imports (PIR)
- Radio One Inc (ROIAK)
- Select Comfort (SCSS)
- Uranium Energy (UEC)
- Valassis Communications (VCI)
- Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA)
- Valuevision Media (VVTV)
- Zoom Technologies (ZOOM)
Did you own any of these stocks in your personal portfolio? No you didn't? Yay, well neither did we. But hey, there is always next year .
Further Reading: For more best of 2009 lists make sure to check out DailyBlogTips who is doing a special group writing project.
Stay also posted as later this month we will be revealing the 2009 best online broker over at TradeWiser.com when we have a full broker face-off with eight popular brokers (until then feel free to simply view our stock broker comparison chart here on STTG).