The Numbers section of the latest edition of BusinessWeek magazine lists the five global companies with the largest market cap gains in the past decade.
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Of the five companies listed, two are energy companies, two are mining companies and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a hi-tech powerhouse. The growing prominence of emerging market companies is shown by the presence of the two Brazilian companies and Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) of Russia.
I wanted to see how much the common stocks of these companies would have returned had an investor invested in them 5 years ago. The table below shows the returns based on data provided by S&P:
|S.No.||Company||Ticker||Growth of $10,000 invested 5 years ago as of Dec 26,2009|
|1||BHP Billiton *||BHP, BBL,||$30,796.00|
Note: Past performance is no guarantee of future results
Clearly US-based Apple had the best performance growing a $10K investment into $63,315 in just 5 years. Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) and Vale (NYSE:VALE) also have had incredible runs in the same period. It must be noted that miner BHP Billiton trades on the NYSE as BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) and BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP). The amount noted above is for BBL.