The Dow Jones Industrials, one of the most widely watched equity indexes, has returned 66.3 percent over the past five-year period. The Nasdaq, home to many high-growth technology stocks, has returned about 128 percent over the same period. The S&P 500, a more broad-based index, has climbed nearly 80.1 percent.
Between them, these indexes set what many investors consider to be the benchmark for equity performance. If shares in a company are doing worse than the index, they are lagging; if they are doing better, they are outperforming. While there is obviously more nuance to evaluating stock performance, the indexes are often used to get an “at a glance” understanding of how the market is doing — a summary of the performance of many individual stocks.
Of course, within these indexes there are stocks that do poorly and there are stocks that do well, and some stocks do much better than others. Let’s take a look at a few that have done more than just outperformed the benchmark — they’ve left it in the dust.