Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Among Top 10 Best-performing Stocks of 2012

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Lumber Liquidators, Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Exterran Holdings were among the 10 best-performing stocks of 2012, according to an analysis by Business Insider.

Each of the four yielded returns of between 136% and 209%, compared with 11.7% for the S&P 500, the business news site reported.

Business Insider ranked the 10 best-performing stocks in the S&P 1500 (which includes mid and small-cap names). Here’s a snapshot of four, including excerpted comments of Business Insider:

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN), Tarrytown, N.Y.
Return: 209 percent
Market cap: $16.2 billion
“Regeneron really took off right at the beginning of the year when it announced the settlement of patent litigation with fellow biotech giant Genentech.”

Lumber Liquidators (LL), Toano, Va.
Return: 194 percent
Market cap: $1.4 billion
“Lumber Liquidators was naturally another beneficiary of the big recovery in homebuilding stocks this year…The stock rose steadily with the housing recovery, but had a significant pop at the end of July when the company raised guidance.”

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC), Orlando, Fla.
Return: 141 percent
Market cap: $1.4 billion
“Marriott International spun off Marriott Vacations Worldwide in November 2011, and since then, investors have piled into the stock. VAC shares rose in a near straight line this year… and shares likely benefitted from a recovering real estate industry and the return of securitization in lending markets..”

Exterran Holdings (EXH), Houston
Return: 136 percent
Market cap: $1.4 billion
“Three major drivers sent EXH shares higher this year. In February, the company was contracted to build a natural gas processing plant at the Eagle Ford shale. Then, in July, it scored a similar contract with Williams Partners in the Marcellus shale. In August, the company's Venezuelan subsidiary finally completed the sale of assets that were nationalized in 2009.”

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