First SolarBy Frank Byrt, TheStreet.com

BOSTON -- The top 10 performers in the benchmark S&P 500 so far this year aren't easy to characterize. They range from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold to Bank of America.

The S&P 500 gained 4.4% in January, the biggest increase for that month in 15 years, helped by signs the European sovereign debt crisis that has hung like a cloud over the markets might be coming to a resolution soon. And, perhaps secondarily, the Federal Reserve said it would remain active in boosting the economy and keep inflation in check.

The top 10 companies in the S&P 500 in January had share gains that were clustered in the 27% to 39% range, with DVD and digital entertainment deliverer Netflix the outlier with a whopping 77% jump.

Still, if you look back to the end of 2010, many of these stocks are still in the hole, so a month or so of increases doesn't wipe that out.

In inverse order of return, here are the S&P 500's 10 best-performing stocks of January:







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wcoastguynca

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March 25 2012 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derrick Family

The best economy is a "FREE" market economy without interference from government or banks. Until this is restored, we will continue to see our market act like it were in a "test-tube."

February 03 2012 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tmoschetti

".....the Federal Reserve said it would remain active in boosting the economy and keep inflation in check."

Folks, these folks can MANIPULATE the markets for only so long before something really bad happens. You can stick your finger in the dike, but eventually it is going to come crashing down!

This interference is EXACTLY what caused the meltdown in 2008! The fed kept interest rates articially low allowing people to take out mortgages they couldn't afford because lenders were FORCED, by the government, to give loans to unqualified borrowers.

I guess people have really short attention spans!

February 02 2012 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply