Among the Dow 30 stocks, equipment maker Caterpillar's 39.13% gain this year stood out, even among those that had spectacular gains.
Oil giant Chevron, storied financial behemoth Goldman Sachs and insurance leader United Health also saw gains of more than 30%.
However, some non-Dow 30 stocks delivered solid returns in 2016 and have also had sharp increases over the past 10 years, including these three below.
Just a handful of competitors match the on-demand nature and scale of Ebix's product portfolio.
Over the past decade, the company's annual revenue has grown 9.13 times to $265 million, while profits rose 13-fold to $80 million.
During this time, Ebix has also maintained gross margins in excess of 70%, in line with the likes of Microsoft.
Shares of Ebix's shares are up about 76% this year and 1,777% over the past 10 years.
But the stock is up 3,374% over the past 10 years, implying that for every $10 invested in Netflix, shares grew to almost $340 in a decade.
Priceline is also one of the few companies that has actually increased its gross margins over this period, going from 35.7% in 2006 to 93.1% last year.
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The author is an independent contributor who at the time of publication owned none of the stocks mentioned.