Top 10 Best Performing Stocks Since the Last Presidential Election

With the presidential election finally here, Stocks on Wall Street takes a look at the 10 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 since the last time the U.S. picked a new leader. (Actually it’s the 13 best because three companies tied for 10th through mid-day trading Monday.)

Leading the pack by far is Priceline.com (PCLN)  up a whopping 1,107% since Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.

Whole Foods Markets (WFM), the purveyor of fine arugula which reports its latest results on Wednesday, is up 873% since America last voted for president.

Expedia (EXPE), another travel related online company, also makes it into the top 5.

Apple (AAPL) makes it to No. 6 on the list.

None had anything to do with meddling government, outside of Ford. Ford received $5.9 billion in government loans in 2009. Bottom line: Buy stocks that serve consumers, not stocks of companies where CEOs play footsie with government.

Company Ticker Change since 11/3/08 Price
priceline.com Inc. PCLN 1107% $631.06
Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM 873% $97.49
AutoNation Inc. AN 570% $43.53
Expedia Inc. EXPE 563% $58.96
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. WYN 500% $50.44
Apple Inc. AAPL 448% $586.59
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG 436% $262.84
Ford Motor Co. F 431% $11.3
Fossil Inc. FOSL 421% $93.86
Salesforce.com inc. CRM 373% $144.7
Lennar Corp. Cl A LEB 373% $37.88
SanDisk Corp. SNDK 373% $43.61
Source: MarketWatch
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