Investors who have owned stocks in the last year have generally experienced some big gains. In fact, the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY) total return over the last 12 months is 31.8%. But there is no question some big-name stocks performed better than others along the way.
Rolls-Royce’s Bumpy Ride: One company that has been a decent investment in the last year has been British aerospace and defense engine maker Rolls-Royce Holding PLC ADR (OTC: RYCEY).
Many investors are familiar with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which once produced luxury automobiles. However, BMW (OTC: BMWYY) acquired Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $570 million in 1998. Today, Rolls-Royce is the world’s second-largest producer of aircraft engines, behind only General Electric Company (NYSE: GE).
Like many other industrial …
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