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Stocks That Would Have Made You Rich Today

Joel Anderson
Stocks That Would Have Made You Rich Today

In few places does the term “hindsight is 20/20” apply as much as in the stock markets, where it’s easy to spot the companies that could have made you a fortune well after it’s too late to do anything about it. Unfortunately for investors, identifying those same companies before they’ve blown up is much more difficult.

Still, it’s worth remembering that there are few options better for growing your wealth than the stock market. Jumping onto the right economic trend means the potential to turn a few thousand dollars into a six-figure fortune, which can solidify your child’s college education fund or help you secure a safe retirement.

That’s especially true with the country hitting the 10-year anniversary of the low-point of the financial crisis in early March this year. In that spirit, GOBankingRates identified the companies that — should you have been prescient enough to make a $10,000 investment right as the market was in its worst state in decades — would have turned your big investment into untold riches as the markets recovered over the next 10 years.

Last updated: Nov. 5, 2019 

DexCom (DXCM)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $7.72
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $150.89
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $185,453.37

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Pictured: DexCom (DXCM) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

 

United Rentals (URI)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $11.03
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $132.40
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $110,036.27

Pictured: United Rentals (URI) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Las Vegas Sands (LVS)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $11.57
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $58.62
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $40,665.51

Pictured: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Domino's Pizza (DPZ)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $6.96
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $258.94
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $362,040.23

Pictured: Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2009-2021

Abiomed (ABMD)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $10.57
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $170.83
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $151,617.79

Pictured: Abiomed (ABMD) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2009-2021

Netflix (NFLX)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $7.09
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $266.69
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $366,149.51

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Pictured: Netflix (NFLX) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Lululemon Athletica (LULU)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $12.86
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $204.40
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $148,942.46

Pictured: Lululemon Athletica (LULU) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Ulta Beauty (ULTA)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $16.68
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $236.91
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $132,032.37

Pictured: Ulta Beauty (ULTA) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Exact Sciences (EXAS)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $2.70
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $88.85
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $319,074.07

Pictured: Exact Sciences (EXAS) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020 

Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ)


  • Share price Oct. 22, 2009: $7.81
  • Share price Oct. 22, 2019: $122.56
  • Profit on $10,000 investment: $146,927.02

Pictured: Jazz Pharmaceuticals) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2008-2020

Your Next Investment Might be Your Big Winner

Seeing stocks that blew away the market with their performance might get you really down about your portfolio’s performance. But, it’s important to remember that virtually no one in the world can consistently identify which stocks are going to turn $10,000 into six-figure profits in just a decade. What’s more, if you commit a small slice of your portfolio to the sort of smaller companies that currently have room to grow like a Lululemon or Netflix over the last decade, you can take a (small) chance on a few of those high-risk/high-reward plays while keeping most of your investments in stable, established stocks with less potential downside. Even if most of them don’t pan out, just one big hit can make up for a dozen or so misses.

So, always remember that the next batch of companies that might redefine a whole sector of commerce — and make their investors rich in the process — is already out there. And if you’re willing to take some calculated chances, you might be able to hitch your wagon to a champion team of horses like the ones listed here.

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