Forget Pricey Apple, Here Are Some 'Boring' Retail Stocks That Have Outperformed The Tech Giant

on September 12 2012 3:55 PM
  • The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS)
    A woman walks past the Gap flagship store in San Francisco on Aug.18, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
  • Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL)
    A Foot Locker store, Tower City Center, Cleveland, Ohio, in December 2010, Creative Commons Creative Commons
  • The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD)
    AA Home Depot store is pictured in Daly City, Calif., on Aug. 14, 2012. Reuters
  • Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ROST)
    A Ross "Dress for Less" clothing store in Tanasbourne Town Center, Hillsboro, Ore., on May 8, 2010. Creative Commons
  • The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX)
    T.J. Maxx store, Ypsilanti, Mich. on April 11, 2010. Creative Commons
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Wall Street has been gaga over Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: APPL) over the past year, sending the company's stock price well past its previous all-time high of $636.23 it hit on April 9. The price has been above that level since Aug. 16 in the run-up to the widely anticipated unveiling of the latest iPhone. But considering that the price of one share of Apple is about the same price as its unlocked iPhone (the one that allows you to switch carriers), there are less exciting, less expensive stocks out there that have done as well or better than the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant over the past 12 months. Here are four retailers whose stocks have greatly outperformed Apple, and one that did just as well.