While the S&P 500 still has a little bit of a ways to go before it takes out its all-time closing high from 10/9/07 (1,565.20), we wanted to take a look at the stocks in the index that have done the best since then. The table below lists the ten best performing current members of the S&P 500 since 10/9/07. Topping the list is Netflix (NFLX) with a gain of 709.78%. Although it has been a rocky road over the last couple of years for NFLX, investors in the stock have done quite well over the last five and half years even as investors in index funds are just about flat (dividends not included). Running a close second to NFLX, shares of Priceline.com (PCLN) have rallied 676% since the S&P 500's all-time closing high.
What is most notable about the ten names below, however, is that none of them were actually in the index on 10/9/07! In other words, not a single stock that was in the index the last time the S&P 500 made a new high made the top ten list in terms of performance since then. Of the stocks that were actually in the index on 10/9/07, the best performing stock only did well enough to place eleventh overall. What was that stock? You tell us. The first person to correctly guess the stock (enter your guess in the comments below), will win a copy of Collapse! -- The Commemorative Game of the Financial Crisis.