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), 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) 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:
Laggards:Dell ( DELL) Shares of Dell slumped 6% on Tuesday after missing fourth-quarter earnings estimates as the PC maker recovers from hard disk drive shortages. Several investment banks, including Needham and Citigroup, cut ratings of the company in response. Dell is struggling as it tries to shift away from its dwindling consumer business and towards higher margin businesses like enterprise services, storage and cloud computing. BMO Capital markets lowered its price target on Dell to $20 from $22 and said it may need the onset of Windows 8 to help support margins in the company's PC business.