There were only a handful of companies that managed to double this past quarter, but there were plenty of interesting companies that came close.
The market’s off to a hot start. The S&P 500 rose 10% through the first three months of 2013, but now let’s take a look at some of the stocks that fared considerably better than the market without actually doubling.
Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI) — Up 99%
The drug developer’s run began in February, when Albany Molecular reversed a year-ago loss by posting a larger profit than Wall Street was expecting on a beefy 44% uptick in revenue.
Albany Molecular’s outlook was just as impressive, targeting adjusted earnings to clock in between $0.34 a share and $0.50 a share for all of 2013.
Albany Molecular strikes development and manufacturing deals with other medical companies, opening the door for potential upside in the future. However, it’s also generating royalties from allergy drug Allegra, so investors are being rewarded now, too.
Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z) — Up 97%
No one should be surprised by Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z)’s amazing run this year. Real estate is hot, and homeowners are turning to Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z) to see how much their properties could be worth as prospective home buyers are scouring for the best deals before prices move even higher.
Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z) was growing even when the real estate market was collapsing, but it’s on fire these days.
Zillow attracted an average of 34.5 million unique monthly users during the final quarter of last year, 47% ahead of where it was a year earlier. More than half of Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z)’s traffic is now coming from its industry-leading mobile app.
Trulia Inc (NYSE:TRLA) has also seen traffic to its site climb by roughly 50% over the past year as deal seekers turn to sites that offer more than dull property listings.
Trulia Inc (NYSE:TRLA) went public at $17 back in September, but it wasn’t exactly a hot IPO. Trulia’s stock actually closed out 2012 just below its original price tag. However, as home prices firm up and potential buyers try to lock in deals before mortgage rates start climbing, the past few months have been model-affirming for both Trulia Inc (NYSE:TRLA) and Zillow.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) — Up 87%
It was a good time to be one of the consumer electronics retailers that 2012 left for dead. RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH) — one of last year’s biggest laggards — began to claw back from last year’s 78% plunge with a 58% surge this past quarter.
However, it’s Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) that’s been leading the charge of the walking dead.