With the first quarter of 2017 in the books, some consumer companies could look back with pride on how their stocks have performed since this point last year.
Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report came in at No. 6 out of 10 of the top performers in the last year, behind Nutrisystem (NTRI) - Get Report, Burlington Stores (BURL) - Get Report, Best Buy (BBY) - Get Report, Children's Place (PLCE) - Get Report and Ulta Beauty (ULTA) - Get Report .
No. 1 Nutrisystem, a weight-loss company that sells counseling and lower-calorie food to its customers, returned 173% to its investors, whereas the money machine Amazon returned about a fourth of that at 46%.
Perhaps, Nutrisystem's top spot isn't altogether unexpected, because it and and direct competitor Weight Watchers (WTW) - Get Reportboth enjoyed strong quarters when they reported in early March. Both companies continue to benefit from people seeking healthier lifestyles.
Surprisingly, dying Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) didn't make the list of the 10 worst performers. So, with all that has been going wrong at Sears lately, the dubious achievement of not having the worst of the worst stock performances may give some people comfort. Then again maybe not, as TheStreetreports.
The very worst was GNC Holdings (GNC) - Get Report, which showed a negative price return of 77%, preceded by five companies with big bricks-and-mortar footprints, Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) - Get Report at 62%: Ascena Retail (ASNA) - Get Reportat 60%; Express (EXPR) - Get Reportat 57%; L Brands (LB) - Get Reportat46%; and J.C. Penney (JCP) - Get Report at 45%. The best of the worst is Signet Jewelers (SIG) - Get Report at negative 41%, followed by men's clothier Buckle (BKE) - Get Report, women's clothing company Cato Corp. (CATO) - Get Report and drugstore chain Rite Aid (RAD) - Get Report, all at about 44%.