SLIDESHOW: 7 Naughty and Nice Stocks of 2012
Nice: The Gap (NYSE:GPS)
A year ago, Gap was a drag on the retailing industry; this year, thanks to being on target with trends like colored denim and “Mad Men” fashion looks at its Banana Republic stores, it ranks among retailing’s big winners. Better still, the company’s management seems to have a grip on what had been a pesky inventory problem. Those fixes have made the stock fashionable again, driving it 72 percent higher.