Four Stocks Beating Apple Year-to-Date: What's it Take?

Apple (AAPL), as the stock market’s success story of the decade, has become its own benchmark. In a Wall Street Journal column, Jack Hough says nine companies that have beaten Apple so far this year. They include PulteGroup (PHM), Lennar (LEN), Gap (GPS), Sprint Nextel (S).

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So what does it take to beat Apple? It takes a previous meltdown. As Hough points out, these are all comeback stocks that were beaten down. They're not powerhouses like Apple.

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Given that, the easy money is probably already made in those stocks. Apple remains perhaps a better bet. It has better revenue growth.

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And its earnings cost less.

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