The top five best performing companies on the S&P 500 as of February 2015 were Newmont Mining, Netflix, Harman International Business Industries, Electronic Arts and Biogen Idec. These companies delivered the best year-to-date total returns on their stock prices for the period covering February 2014 to January 2015.
Precious metals company Newmont Mining gave investors a 33 percent return due to the rising price of gold, while movie and entertainment streaming service Netflix delivered a 29 percent gain as it grew its subscriber base and announced plans for international expansion. Connectivity solutions provider Harman returned 21 percent on its stock price, while recreational products maker Electronic Arts had a YTD return of 17 percent. Biotechnology company Biogen gave investors a 15 percent return on their investments. Companies that round out the top 10 included online retailer Amazon, packaging company MeadWestvaco, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands, agrichemical company CF Industries Holdings, and aerospace and defense company Boeing.