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Revenge of the nerds: 19 loser stocks bounce back Published: April 3, 2014

Investors love a good comeback story, and they’re getting a few of them this year, according to USA TODAY.

Stocks like for-profit college Strayer Education, teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch and robotic surgery companyIntuitive Surgical, all but left-for-dead last year, are getting their revenge by blowing past the market averages this year. These comeback kids are a big reminder that some of the market’s biggest gains come from stocks Wall Street gives up on.

There are 19 stocks in the broad Standard & Poor’s 1500 index that got clobbered 20% or more last year, but are beating the market this year, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ. Some of the bouncebacks are staggering, especially as the market is only up 2.3% this year so far, USA TODAY reports.

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