It is hard to argue that Apple Inc. (AAPL) hasn't been the darling of every investor who bit their lip and invested in the company even as Apple kept hitting new highs. Yesterday, I heard the word 'parabolic' to describe the rise of the stock. For those of you a few years removed from any of your finance courses, that means it has been growing at an increasing rate. I for one, have been waiting for a pullback, only to see the stock continue it's upward trend.
But Apple hasn't been alone in it's trajectory to… outer space it seems. There are a few other companies that have actually performed as well or better on a YTD, 1-year, and 3-year return basis. That doesn't mean they will continue to perform well, or outperform Apple for that matter, but we thought it was worthwhile to take a look. Of the 144 stocks we found through Morningstar.com, we found the following three to be quite interesting. Too bad we don't have a crystal ball.
1. Under Armour Inc. (UA)
Under Armour, Inc. (Under Armour) is engaged in the development, marketing and distribution of apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and youth. The company's products are sold worldwide and are worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields worldwide. As of December 31, 2011, the company's products were offered in over 25,000 retail stores worldwide. Most of its products are sold in North America. Internationally, Under Armour sells its products in certain countries in Europe, a third party licensee sells its products in Japan, and distributors sell the company's products in other foreign countries. In addition, it opened it stores in China during the year ended December 31, 2011. The company's product offerings consist of apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and youth.
2. Dillard's Inc. (DDS)
Dillard's, Inc. (Dillard's) is a fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailer. The company operates in two segments: the operation of retail department stores and a general contracting construction company. Its retail operations segment include cosmetics, ladies' apparel and accessories, juniors' and children's apparel, men's apparel and accessories, shoes and home and furniture. As of January 28, 2012, it operated 304 Dillard's stores, including 16 clearance centers, and an Internet store offering a selection of merchandise, including fashion apparel for women, men and children, accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. The company also operates a general contracting construction company, CDI Contractors, LLC and CDI Contractors, Inc., whose business includes constructing and remodeling stores for the company.
3. Cirrus Logic (CRUS)
Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Cirrus Logic) develops analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for a range of audio and energy markets. Cirrus Logic delivers products for consumer and commercial audio, automotive entertainment, and industrial and energy-related applications. It also develops ICs, modules and hybrids for amplifier applications branded as the Apex Precision Power (Apex) line of products. Its facility housing engineering, sales and marketing, and administrative functions is located in Austin, Texas. In addition, it has engineering, administrative, and assembly facilities in Tucson, Arizona, as well as sales locations throughout the United States. It also serves customers from international sales offices in Europe and Asia, including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Take a closer look at each and determine for yourself if it fits within your portfolio.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.