What companies or businesses are doing well in this recession? A look at the top 20 percentage winners over the last year.

You’ve heard the headlines, the market is down more than 50%, but certainly there has to be some companies that are doing good in this terrible market. Well, I’m on a quest to find out for you and me. In a previous and popular article I wrote several months ago, I described which companies did well in the great depression, now I’m on a mission to find out who is doing the best right now.

There are some very powerful and free tools available over there on google as they have this nifty stock screener, you can do some cool analysis with it.

Not only will I look at the top 20 companies who’ve done the best over the past year, I will also tell you the types of companies that are most prominent on the list. You might be surprised by my findings:

Company name
Symbol
Market cap
P/E ratio
Div yield (%)
52w price change (%)
American Italian Pasta Company
AIPC
655.46M
14.93
0.00
494.77
Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
EBS
546.06M
11.68
0.00
177.84
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TSYS
372.13M
7.02
0.00
155.42
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
COCO
1.55B
38.63
0.00
142.31
American Caresource Holdings, Inc.
ANCI
108.60M
49.80
0.00
111.48
Myriad Genetics, Inc.
MYGN
3.73B
39.40
0.00
109.93
ITT Educational Services, Inc.
ESI
4.15B
20.71
0.00
94.22
New Concept Energy, Inc.
GBR
6.19M
0.37
0.00
82.66
Emergent Group Inc
LZR
41.87M
16.90
5.61
81.36
Crawford & Company
CRD.B
385.17M
12.01
0.00
80.68
Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.
FSYS
306.87M
11.26
0.00
79.93
Hot Topic, Inc.
HOTT
371.06M
21.30
0.00
73.10
Lannett Company, Inc.
LCI
132.33M
105.41
0.00
73.08
Mexco Energy Corporation
MXC
12.37M
7.50
0.00
72.05
InterDigital, Inc.
IDCC
1.04B
41.94
0.00
66.27
Career Education Corp.
CECO
1.97B
28.44
0.00
61.45
Applied Signal Technology, Inc.
APSG
260.37M
25.54
2.92
59.60
APAC Customer Services, Inc.
APAC
100.19M
33.40
0.00
58.97
Centennial Communications Corp.
CYCL
897.25M
28.59
0.00
56.76
NCI, INC.
NCIT
354.18M
21.14
0.00
55.16

American Italian Pasta Company

is benefiting big time in this recession, as people shut their wallets on restaraunt spending, and bring diner making back to their own kitchen. And what’s a popular and relatively inexpensive food that’s easy to make at home? You guessed it, spaghetti, or any other noodly apendage recipe you can dream of.

Here’s a bit more about the biggest gainer over the past year:

American Italian Pasta Company, incorporated in 1988, is a producer and marketer of dry pasta in North America. The Company has manufacturing and distribution facilities located in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Columbia, South Carolina, Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tolleson, Arizona, and Verolanuova, Italy. American Italian Pasta Company outsources distributing operations at all of its facilities and it outsources milling at the Arizona and Italy plants. The Company’s United States plants serve both retail and institutional customers. The Italy plant, which was constructed in 2001, serves retail and institutional customers internationally, and retail customers in the United States. The Company produces approximately 300 different shapes and sizes of pasta products in multiple package configurations, including bulk packages for institutional customers and smaller individually wrapped packages for retail consumers. More from Reuters »

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

doesn’t seem to have many worries in this rough economy; They are a multinational biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of immunobiotics, consisting of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease. It manufactures and market BioThrax, also referred to as anthrax vaccine adsorbed. It develops immunobiotics for use against infectious diseases that have resulted in significant unmet or underserved public health needs and against biological agents that are potential weapons of bioterrorism and biowarfare. In addition to its licensed BioThrax product, it has product candidates in both advanced and earlier stages of development. Its advanced stage product candidates consist of an anthrax immune globulin therapeutic candidate, a typhoid vaccine candidate and a hepatitis B therapeutic vaccine candidate. Its earlier stage programs include botulinum vaccines, group B streptococcus vaccine and chlamydia vaccine candidates. More from Reuters »

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

develops and applies highly reliable wireless data communications technology, with emphasis on text messaging, location-based services, such as enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) for wireless carriers and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers, and secure satellite-based communication solutions for government customers. TCS conducts its business through two segments: Commercial and Government. Its carrier software system products enable wireless carriers to deliver short text messages, location information, Internet content and other enhanced communication services to and from wireless phones. Government segment is engaged in designing, furnishing, installing and operating wireless and data networks communication system, including SwiftLink deployable communication systems and Internet protocol (IP) technology. On February 26, 2008, TCS introduced Wireless Point-to-Point link for commercial and government organizations.

Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

When people lose their jobs, they go back to school. For profit schools can rake in the loot as the sometimes desparate unemployed focus on upping their worth. You can bet these schools will do well until at least there is some sort of rebound in the employment markets. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Corinthian) is a post-secondary education company in the United States and Canada. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008 (fiscal 2008), the Company had a student enrolment of 69,200, and operated 89 schools in 24 states, and 17 schools in the province of Ontario, Canada. The Company offers a range of diploma programs and associate’s, bachelors and master’s degrees. The training programs include healthcare, criminal justice, mechanical, trades, business and information technology. Since the Company’s formation in 1995, it has acquired 74 colleges and has opened 32 branch campuses. The Company offers online education to two categories of students, including those attending online classes exclusively, and those attending a blend of traditional classroom and online courses. More from Reuters »

American Caresource Holdings, Inc.

is a smaller company with a market cap just over 100 million, but you can get in on this stock for just over $7 a share, however, beware their high p/e ratio compared to some of their largest competitors whom had more reasonable price to earnings of around 10, investors are paying quite a bit for this stock considering its earnings. There is the possibility that investors see big opportunities with this small company.

American CareSource Holdings, Inc. (ACS) is an ancillary healthcare services company that provides patients access to its network of ancillary service providers for the benefit of healthcare payors. The Company utilizes its network of ancillary healthcare service providers, contracting capabilities, client service support and claims management services to assist health benefits plan sponsors, including preferred provider organizations, third-party administrators, insurance companies, and large self-funded employers, to reduce their overall ancillary healthcare costs. Ancillary healthcare services encompass an array of services that supplement or support the care provided by hospitals and physicians. Ancillary healthcare services include non-hospital, non-physician services associated with surgery centers, free-standing diagnostic imaging centers, home health and infusion, dialysis, supply of durable medical equipment, orthotics and prosthetics, laboratory and other services. More from Reuters »

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