Ranking the Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Returns

The Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Total Returns

Ranking the Top S&P 500 Stocks by 5-Year Returns

Despite economic challenges, S&P 500 stocks have demonstrated resilience, delivering significant gains over time.

In this graphic, utilizing data from YCharts, we’ve ranked the best-performing S&P 500 stocks based on their 5-year total returns as of November 2023.

IT Companies Top the List

Surprisingly, neither Tesla nor Nvidia claims the number one spot on this list.

Enphase Energy, a California-based producer of solar components and EV charging stations, secures the top position. The company provides a semiconductor-based microinverter that converts energy at the solar module level, energy monitoring technology, and control services.

According to Affinity Syntax, Enphase Energy generates over 80% of its revenue from the U.S. market.

Company Sector 5 Year Total Return
Enphase Energy (ENPH) 🖥 Information Technology 1,771%
NVIDIA (NVDA) 🖥 Information Technology 1,054%
Tesla (TSLA) 🛍 Consumer Discretionary 928%
Cadence Design Systems (CDNS) 🖥 Information Technology 507%
KLA Corp (KLAC) 🖥 Information Technology 498%
Synopsys (SNPS) 🖥 Information Technology 491%
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 🖥 Information Technology 469%
Fair Isaac (FICO) 🖥 Information Technology 448%
Quanta Services (PWR) 🏭 Industrials 445%
Eli Lilly and Co (LLY) 🚑 Health Care 440%
Axon Enterprise (AXON) 🏭 Industrials 429%
Palo Alto Networks (PANW) 🖥 Information Technology 412%
Lam Research (LRCX) 🖥 Information Technology 392%
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) 🛍 Consumer Discretionary 365%
Broadcom (AVGO) 🖥 Information Technology 363%

Despite leading this list, Enphase Energy’s stock has performed poorly since December 2022, plummeting by more than 60%.

In the second position is chipmaker Nvidia. This year, America’s largest semiconductor company surpassed the $1 trillion market capitalization mark, a milestone achieved by just a handful of companies, including Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Tesla holds the third spot. The automaker increased its output by a respectable 40% in 2022, outpacing Western brands like Volkswagen (+10%) and GM (+13%). However, it was surpassed by Chinese BYD, which became the top-selling EV brand globally.

The list is dominated by IT companies, with 10 of 15, but also includes two consumer discretionary and two industrial companies. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly the sole health care company on our list.

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