Tesla beat bitcoin over the past year — so did 124 other stocks in the S&P 500

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By Philip van Doorn

Here’s how the 50 best-performers in the S&P 500 fared, plus what Wall Street analysts think will happen this year

This might shock bitcoin fans: 125 components of the S&P 500 made investors more money over the past year than it did.

One is Tesla (TSLA), which kicked off 2022 with a 13.5% surge after the electric vehicle maker reported deliveries for 2021 that almost doubled the volume in 2020; it has gained 64% over the past year. But so did less glamorous stocks like Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) and Extra Space Storage Inc. (EXR).

First, check out this breathtaking chart for Bitcoin’s price from late on the first trading day of 2021 — Jan. 4, 2021 — through 4:30 p.m. ET on the first trading day of this year — Jan. 3, 2022.

Quite the roller coaster:

For bitcoin , volatility over the past year has been astounding — or at least it has been for investors not accustomed to the action in the world of virtual currencies. From the intraday peak of $69,000 on Nov. 10 through Jan. 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET, when it was trading at $46,036.40, bitcoin fell 33%.

The S&P 500’s ‘bitcoin beaters’

From Jan. 4, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022, 125 stocks among the benchmark S&P 500 index saw their prices increase by more than bitcoin’s 44.2% gain. If dividends were included, total returns on some would be even greater.

Here are the top 50 price gainers from that list, along with where they stood on Jan. 3 relative to their 52-week highs and a summary of opinion for each stock among analysts polled by FactSet:

Company                                 Ticker  Price change -- 1 year  Decline from 52-week high  Share "buy" ratings  Closing price -- Jan. 3, 2022  Consensus price target  Implied 12-month upside potential 
Devon Energy Corp.                       DVN                   182.5%                      -0.4%               84.85%                        $45.57                  $51.69                                13% 
Ford Motor Co.                            F                    155.4%                      -0.5%               59.09%                        $21.76                  $20.25                                -7% 
Marathon Oil Corp.                       MRO                   147.0%                      -4.1%               61.29%                        $16.87                  $20.82                                23% 
Signature Bank                           SBNY                  140.8%                      -4.3%               94.44%                       $327.34                 $378.82                                16% 
Nvidia Corp.                             NVDA                  129.7%                     -13.1%               81.40%                       $301.21                 $341.51                                13% 
Fortinet Inc.                            FTNT                  128.9%                     -10.4%               55.17%                       $333.12                 $374.42                                12% 
Diamondback Energy Inc.                  FANG                  128.5%                      -5.0%               85.29%                       $111.84                 $135.58                                21% 
Bath & Body Works Inc.                   BBWI                  117.5%                     -15.1%               85.71%                        $69.62                  $90.21                                30% 
Nucor Corp.                              NUE                   115.3%                     -12.2%               15.38%                       $113.04                 $112.40                                -1% 
Moderna Inc.                             MRNA                  110.4%                     -52.8%               38.89%                       $235.05                 $293.46                                25% 
Gartner Inc.                              IT                   103.5%                     -12.8%               50.00%                       $321.73                 $358.33                                11% 
Arista Networks Inc.                     ANET                  100.9%                      -4.3%               45.83%                       $142.24                 $134.52                                -5% 
Extra Space Storage Inc.                 EXR                    98.8%                      -4.2%               58.82%                       $219.24                 $220.79                                 1% 
Simon Property Group Inc.                SPG                    93.6%                      -6.3%               52.38%                       $160.30                 $173.83                                 8% 
APA Corp.                                APA                    90.0%                      -9.9%               43.33%                        $28.06                  $34.57                                23% 
Seagate Technology Holdings PLC          STX                    88.3%                      -3.2%               39.29%                       $113.16                 $105.90                                -6% 
ConocoPhillips                           COP                    86.4%                      -5.4%               86.67%                        $73.77                  $91.09                                23% 
EPAM Systems Inc.                        EPAM                   84.5%                     -11.5%               76.47%                       $642.29                 $787.79                                23% 
Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.   MAA                    84.3%                      -2.4%               38.89%                       $226.13                 $222.00                                -2% 
Applied Materials Inc.                   AMAT                   84.1%                      -1.9%               67.86%                       $159.93                 $169.20                                 6% 
CF Industries Holdings Inc.               CF                    83.3%                      -5.6%               63.16%                        $70.62                  $70.88                                 0% 
EOG Resources Inc.                       EOG                    82.8%                      -7.2%               79.41%                        $91.16                 $112.84                                24% 
CBRE Group Inc. Class A                  CBRE                   82.7%                      -1.4%               55.56%                       $108.70                 $128.17                                18% 
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.           ODFL                   81.6%                      -7.3%               23.81%                       $346.37                 $337.31                                -3% 
Iron Mountain Inc.                       IRM                    79.1%                      -3.4%               75.00%                        $51.32                  $47.57                                -7% 
Robert Half International Inc.           RHI                    79.0%                      -9.4%               38.46%                       $109.45                 $104.67                                -4% 
Occidental Petroleum Corp.               OXY                    78.0%                     -13.1%               44.44%                        $31.06                  $40.52                                30% 
SVB Financial Group                      SIVB                   77.7%                      -9.8%               70.83%                       $688.17                 $850.19                                24% 
AutoZone Inc.                            AZO                    73.3%                      -3.1%               52.17%                     $2,045.11               $2,170.29                                 6% 
Regency Centers Corp.                    REG                    71.9%                      -2.5%               45.00%                        $76.12                  $80.06                                 5% 
Johnson Controls International PLC       JCI                    71.8%                      -3.0%               69.57%                        $79.35                  $87.37                                10% 
Prologis Inc.                            PLD                    71.7%                      -3.0%               71.43%                       $164.90                 $167.78                                 2% 
Kimco Realty Corp.                       KIM                    71.5%                      -1.5%               62.50%                        $24.57                  $26.35                                 7% 
Live Nation Entertainment Inc.           LYV                    71.4%                      -5.2%               52.94%                       $121.14                 $115.00                                -5% 
Wells Fargo & Co.                        WFC                    70.8%                      -3.5%               70.37%                        $50.73                  $56.03                                10% 
Intuit Inc.                              INTU                   69.9%                     -11.9%               81.82%                       $631.47                 $761.35                                21% 
Mosaic Co.                               MOS                    69.8%                      -7.0%               45.45%                        $40.20                  $46.18                                15% 
LKQ Corp.                                LKQ                    68.8%                      -3.0%               84.62%                        $58.61                  $65.50                                12% 
Tractor Supply Co.                       TSCO                   68.7%                      -1.7%               51.61%                       $235.72                 $225.96                                -4% 
Duke Realty Corp.                        DRE                    68.1%                      -2.5%               66.67%                        $64.56                  $64.93                                 1% 

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