Slideshow 10 Best-Performing Dow Component Stocks of 2011

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  • December 27 2011, 7:36pm EST

10 Best-Performing Dow Component Stocks of 2011<br><br>

Only 30 stocks comprise the world’s most closely watched index – the Dow Jones Industrial Average – and its daily, weekly, monthly and annual gains (or losses) serve as a very handy – albeit simplistic – snapshot of investor sentiment and a decent barometer of how the U.S. and world economies are fairing.

Of course, comparing these select 30 stocks’ performance against one another over a one-year period is hardly a comprehensive or “fair” method to evaluate each company’s long- or short-term prospects. There are far too many factors – good and bad – that influence any stock’s performance over a 52-week period. And to merely be a member of this exclusive group probably means the company is doing – or has been doing – something right for quite some time.

Saying that, everybody loves a winner and if you or your clients held any of these top-performing Dow component stocks in their portfolios this year, there’s a pretty good chance they did quite well for themselves in 2011.

For the year, the Dow is up just over 6%.

Here’s an interactive slideshow featuring the 10 Best-Performing Dow component stocks of 2011.

Also see: The 10 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011

10. Verizon Communications<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: VZ)

2011 Gain: +11.8%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $39.99

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9. Boeing<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: BA)

2011 Gain: +13.8%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $74.27

8. Exxon Mobil<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: XOM)

2011 Gain: +16.6%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $85.28


7. Intel<br><br>

Ticker: (NASDAQ: INTC)

2011 Gain: +16.8%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $24.56

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6. Chevron<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: CVX)

2011 Gain: +18.3%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $107.98

5. Kraft Foods<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: KFT)

2011 Gain: +19.6%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $37.70

4. Home Depot<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: HD)

2011 Gain: +20.4%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $42.22

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3. Pfizer<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: PFE)

2011 Gain: +24.3%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $21.77

2. IBM<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: IBM)

2011 Gain: +26%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $184.95

1. McDonald’s<br><br>

Ticker: (NYSE: MCD)

2011 Gain: +31%

Current Share Price (as of 12/27): $100.55


Also see: The 10 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011