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

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  • The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS)
    The San Francisco-based family clothing chain has seen its stock price climb steadily since February, when it raised its earnings-per-share guidance for its fourth quarter, upped its annual dividend by 11 percent from the previous fiscal year and announced it would build capital with a $1 billion share-repurchase program. Since then it entered the South African market, and raised its EPS forecast twice. It now expects to pay $1.95 to $2 in this fiscal year, above the $1.56 paid the previous year. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
  • The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD)
    The home improvement retailer based in Atlanta has seen its share price climb steadily since late last year. It started the year by announcing the acquisitions of San Mateo, Calif.-based redbeacon, a tech company that offers services linking customers to home-services providers, like plumbers, electricians and cleaners. It increased its fiscal 2012 sales and earning guidance in May, announced a deal to sell Frigidaire-branded white goods in July and last month said it was acquiring Irving, Tex.-based U.S. Home Systems, which had been supplying the chain with bath refacing products and services as well as closet and garage organizational systems. On Aug. 14 it upped its FY2012 earnings forecast 19 percent, to $2.95. Reuters
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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.

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