Top 5 Nasdaq 100 Components YTD

By Traders Huddle | February 20, 2012 AAA

By: J. Hawk
New York, February 16 (TradersHuddle.com) - The following component stocks of the NASDAQ 100 index have demonstrated the best performance so far this year as of yesterday's stock market close.

Illumina, Inc. - Up 77 Percent YTD

As of February 15's stock market close, the top performing component stock of the NASDAQ 100 index was Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN). Illumina specializes in applying innovative technologies for analyzing genetic variation and function, including tools for the analysis of DNA, RNA and protein analysis, which enables rapid advances in drug development, disease research and molecular tests in clinics. The company recently received a $5.7 billion takeover offer from Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche that boosted its share price considerably.

Illumina's share price was trading at the $30.48 level at the close on December 30th of 2011, and as of February 15th, 2012, it was up 77 percent so far on the year to the $54.58 level.

Netflix, Inc. - Up 76 Percent YTD

The second top performing component stock of the NASDAQ 100 index was Netflix, Inc. as of February 15th's stock market close (NASDAQ: NFLX). Netflix is a provider of subscription services for TV shows and movies in the United States and abroad. Netflix stock has been moving up on increased streaming video sales, as its streaming membership reportedly grew to more than 23 million subscribers in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, according to its fourth quarter results.

Netflix's share price closed at the $69.29 level on December 30th of 2011, and as of February 15, 2012, it was up 76 percent thus far on the year to close at the $122.06 level.

Sears Holdings Corporation - Up 73 Percent YTD

Third in the list of five top performing component stocks of the NASDAQ 100 index as of February 15th's stock market close is Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD). Sears Holdings Corporation is the fourth largest U.S. broadline retailing company, with over 4,000 full time and specialty outlets that include Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart stores. Although the company recently announced a Q3 2011 loss and that it would be closing 100 to 120 stores, the retailer is expected to return to profitability in its Q4 2011 results to be released later this month.

Sears Holdings Corporation's share price closed at the $31.78 level on December 30th of 2011. By the market close on February 15th, 2012, Sears Holdings Corporation's shares were up 73 percent thus far on the year to the $52.70 level.

Seagate Technology PLC - Up 66 Percent YTD

The fourth stock in the list of five top performing component stocks of the NASDAQ 100 index as of February 15th's stock market close is Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX). Seagate Technology is a computer hard disk drive manufacturer that recently reported adjusted earnings of $1.32 per share and revenue of $3.2 billion in its fiscal Q2, which substantially beat the market's consensus forecast.

Seagate Technology's share price closed at the $16.40 level on December 30th of 2011. At the market close on February 15th, 2012, the stock was up 66 percent thus far on the year to the $26.20 level.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. - Up 54 Percent YTD

The final stock listed among the top five performing component stocks of the NASDAQ 100 index as of February 15th's stock market close is Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR). Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is a distributor of coffee, tea and hot cocoa products, and also makes the Keurig coffee brewing machines. The company recently announced it will be coming out with a new single-serve coffee maker called the Vue, which will be priced at $249.99 and will target higher end cappuccino and latte drinkers.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' share price closed at the $44.85 level on December 30th of 2011. As of February 15th, 2012, the stock was up 54 percent so far on the year to close at the $65.75 level.

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