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10 Best-Performing Stocks Defy Prediction

Stocks in this article: AAPL CLF SWN ISRG RRC CTSH AMZN TIE PCLN COH

10. Coach (COH - Get Report)

Company profile: Coach is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of handbags and leather accessories in an assortment of styles and is known for its distinctive luxury brands. It sells brand-name goods, including handbags, leather accessories, business cases, footwear, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches and fragrance products. It's seeing huge sales growth in China and Japan. Handbags sell for up to $420.

Share performance: up 1,186%

Investor takeout: The number of shares held by Vanguard Group and State Street, the two largest shareholders, was relatively flat in the third quarter, the latest period in which data were available from those firms.

9. Priceline (PCLN)

Company profile: Priceline is an online-travel aggregator that offers booking services for hotel rooms, airline tickets, rental cars, cruises and other vacation packages.

Share performance: up 1,276%

Investor takeout: The company's third-quarter profit more than doubled to $9.17 per share. The largest shareholders, T. Rowe Price and Fidelity, beefed up their holdings in the third quarter.

8. Titanium Metals (TIE)

Company profile: Titanium Metals produces titanium sponge, melted products, mill products and industrial fabrications. Users of the company's products include chemical-equipment manufacturers, industrial power plants, the military aerospace industry, manufacturers of pollution control equipment, offshore oil and gas production facilities, and sporting equipment manufacturers.

Share performance: up 1,438%

Investor takeout: SAC Capital Advisors, the biggest shareholder, added 1.2 million shares in the third quarter to bring its stake to 6.7 million.

7. Amazon (AMZN - Get Report)

Company profile: Amazon is the highest-grossing online retailer in the world, with $34 billion in net sales in 2010, or 8% of the global $415 billion e-commerce market, according to Morningstar.

Share performance: up 1,588%

Investor takeout: Capital Research Global Investors (American Funds) owns 12 million shares, or 2.7%, by far the largest shareholder, but that's after selling 1 million shares in the third quarter.

6. Cognizant Technologies Solutions (CTSH - Get Report)

Company profile: Cognizant is a provider of offshore-software development, maintenance, testing and packaged-implementation services.

Share performance: up 1,845%

Investors takeout: Fidelity owns 10% and has steadily built that stake over the past eight quarters.

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