Top-performing stocks

In the harsh bear market, just 24 Fortune 500 stocks offered positive returns to shareholders last year. Will they keep rising?

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1. Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree
Fortune 500 rank: 499
2008 revenue: $4.6 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 60.8%

A newcomer to the Fortune 500, Dollar Tree was also its best performing stock last year, returning nearly 61%. That was no small feat: As a group, the Fortune 500 sank 41%. The company cashed in on the recession, as a $1 (or less) price on everything from candy to glassware drove sales at more than 3,500 stores.
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Last updated April 20 2009: 1:34 PM ET
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