NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tech stocks are on a tear this year, boosting the Nasdaq over 13% since January. The tech-heavy composite is also nearing 3,000 -- a milestone it hasn't reached since the bubble days of 2000.
Nasdaq gains have outpaced increases from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has jumped 6% this year, as well as the S&P 500 which has risen 8%.
Social gaming specialist Zynga (ZNGA - Get Report), for example, has been one of 2012's key rebound stocks, surging nearly 38% this year thanks to largely to its partner Facebook. Unsurprisingly, tech behemoth Apple (AAPL - Get Report) is another of the sector's leaders as the gadget giant scales new heights.
But not every tech company has benefited from this year's tech rally.Here are five tech leaders -- and laggards -- for 2012. Leaders:
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