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2014's Biggest Stock Winners: Is There Any Gas Left in the Tank?

Declining fuel prices stoked great returns at several of these companies, but that's not a lasting advantage.

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For many investors, the U.S. stock market's robust performance in 2014 was a welcome surprise. At the outset of 2014, Morningstar.com readers predicted a gain of just 6.5% for stocks for the year, but the S&P 500 went on to gain twice that much. 

The technology, health-care, utilities, and real estate sectors led the way, with each gaining about 20% for the year. And some companies downright knocked the cover off the ball, returning 75% or, in some cases, doubling investors' money during the year. 

Christine Benz does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.