Priceline is the best-performing stock over five years

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The online travel agency Priceline ( PCLN ) topped the Bloomberg Businessweek 50, a ranking of the best-performing stocks over the past five years, by returning over 900 percent for shareholders.

The other four stocks in the top five were Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG ), Southwestern Energy ( SWN ), Apple ( AAPL ) and salesforce.com ( CRM ).

Three of the top five are listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Priceline's astonishing growth comes after years of turbulence, including some close scrapes with bankruptcy during the dot-com bubble and the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Digital innovation powered many of the companies on the list, with Amazon.com ( AMZN ) at number 10 and Google ( GOOG ) at 16. Red Hat, the open source and Linux giant, proved that open-source software can be profitable by returning 168 percent to take number 22.

Priceline was in a league of its own, though, nearly breaking the 1000 level with its five-year return of 911.9 percent. Priceline's achievment is all the more remarkable considering that since 2008, U.S. markets have still not recovered to pre-crash levels.

Bloomberg Businessweek's figures measure the aggregate total return to shareholders, including reinvested dividends. ADNFCR-1724-ID-19845131-ADNFCR



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