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: