NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Priceline.com

(PCLN)

and

Micron Technology

(MU) - Get Report

were among the best-performing stocks in the

S&P 500

on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 rose 4.59 points, or 0.34%, to 1,372.18 on Tuesday.

Shares of Priceline.com rose 6.97% to $632.76. After Monday's closing bell, the travel company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $225.7 million, or $4.53 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $135.7 million, or $2.76 a share.

Priceline.com shares hit a 52-week high Tuesday of $637.88. The stock's 52-week low of $411.55 was set on Oct. 4.

Priceline.com has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 16.67; the average for travel and tourism companies is 19.88. For comparison, both Expedia and

Travelzoo

(TZOO) - Get Report

have lower forward P/Es of 10.77 and 15.5, respectively.

Nineteen of the 23 analysts who cover Priceline.com rated it buy. Three analysts gave it a hold rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings

gives Priceline.com an A grade with a buy rating and

$732.75

price target. The stock has risen 35.37% year to date.

Micron Technology shares rose 3.74% to $8.88. The stock was also one of the

top performers

in the S&P 500 on Monday, benefiting from the bankruptcy of Japanese competitor

Elpida

.

Micron Technology has a forward P/E of 17.94; the average for semiconductor companies is 16.09. For comparison, both

Altera

(ALTR) - Get Report

and

Sandisk

(SNDK)

have lower forward P/Es of 17.4 and 8.81, respectively.

Nineteen of the 27 analysts who cover Micron Technology rated it buy. Seven analysts gave it a hold rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Micron Technology a

C- grade

and a hold rating. The stock has increased 44.38% year to date.

Other top performers in the S&P 500 include:

  • Staples (SPLS) : The stock rose 4.99% on Tuesday to $16.00. The stock has increased 15.19% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Staples a B- grade with a buy rating and $17.74 price target.
  • Darden Restaurants (DRI) - Get Report: The stock increased 3.93% Tuesday to $51.05. The stock has risen 12% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Darden Restaurants a B+ grade with a buy rating and $57.52 price target.
  • Novellus (NVLS) : The stock rose 3.73% Tuesday to $47.02. The stock has increased 13.88% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Novellus a B grade with a buy rating and $54.79 price target.
  • Netflix (NFLX) - Get Report: The stock increased 3.57% Tuesday to $113.32. The stock has risen 63.54% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Netflix a C+ grade and hold rating.
  • Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report: The stock rose 2.95% Tuesday to $183.80. The stock has increased 6.18% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Amazon a C+ grade and hold rating.
  • AutoZone (AZO) - Get Report The stock increased 2.82% Tuesday to $376.41. The stock has risen 15.83% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives AutoZone a B- grade with a buy rating and $470.53 price target.
  • The Gap (GPS) - Get Report: The stock rose 2.77% Tuesday to $23.71. The stock has increased 27.82% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives The Gap a B grade with a buy rating and $27.17 price target.
  • Discovery Communications: (DISCA) - Get Report: The stock increased 2.63% Tuesday to $45.73. The stock has risen 11.62% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Discovery Communications an A grade with a buy rating and $51 price target.

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