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I emailed the the originator of this list, Eddy Elfenbein of Crossing Wall Street, to see what his parameters for "Top Stocks of the Decade" were and there was but one:

The universe was any stock traded on a US exchange that had a price of at least 50 cents on 12/31/99.

Despite a lost decade in the stock market for the casual investor [Feb 5, 2009: Mutual Funds Have Tough Decade] [Mar 26, 2008 - WSJ: Stocks Tarnished by Lost Decade] [Oct 7, 2008: Bloomberg - 2000s Stock Market Worse than 1930s], there were some massive individual winners. We've owned a handful of these names from time to time the past few years: Quality Systems (QSII), XTO Energy (XTO), Almost Family (AFAM), FCT Consulting (FCN), U.S. Global Investors (GROW) but certainly only garnered a fraction of these decade long gains.

About 3 years ago when I saw a similar list, the #1 stock was Chico's FAS (CHS) - a woman's clothing store. That moment pretty much marked the top in the stock, but ironically if you had bought in November 2008 ..... well you have a chance for a 2nd round trip at "best stock in the decade ending 2018." Of course there was the small matter of the stock giving back all the decade's gains in 2006-2008.

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Let's see if momentum crowd favorite, Green Mountain Roasters (GMCR) faces a similar fate in the coming decade. Hansen Natural (HANS) was GMCR before it was cool to be GMCR.

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Enjoy... and if you happen to know of a stock (or two) that will be on the list November 15th, 2019 my email is always open to you.

Top Stocks of the Decade

GMCR..............Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.............7,895.4%


HANS...............Hansen Natural........................................6,504.1%


BYI...................Bally Technologies...................................6,394.2%


SWN................Southwestern Energy...............................5,108.4%


CLH..................Clean Harbors..........................................4,456.0%


DECK...............Deckers Outdoor......................................3,669.5%


AMED...............Amedisys.................................................3,669.2%


TNH.................Terra Nitrogen...........................................3,611.5%


BOOM..............Dynamic Materials....................................3,519.4%


QSII................Quality Systems........................................3,497.2%


JOSB................Jos. A. Bank Clothiers...............................3,419.5%


CETV................Central European Media Enterprises........3,263.4%


XTO..................XTO Energy...............................................3,191.2%


SIRO................Sirona Dental Systems..............................3,142.0%


AFAM................Almost Family...........................................3,071.6%


MCF..................Contango Oil & Gas...................................3,034.0%


JST....................Jinpan International...................................2,974.2%


TRA....................Terra Industries........................................2,339.7%


MDVN.................Medivation...............................................2,321.6%


RRC....................Range Resources....................................2,231.9%


ISRL....................Isramco....................................................2,093.5%


CGA....................China Green Agriculture...........................2,064.3%


CEDC..................Central European Distribution...................2,049.2%


FCN.....................FTI Consulting...........................................2,044.3%


GROW.................U.S. Global Investors.................................1,887.3%

Performance Through November 15, 2009

Author's Disclosure: No positions currently

Source: Best Performing Stocks of the Decade