Best and Worst Investments of 2012

By Ben Steverman - 2012-12-12T21:04:13Z

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Best Initial Public Offering

Five Below


The retailer Five Below (FIVE) sells candy, stationery and beauty products aimed at teenagers, with products priced at $5 or less. The company, which held its initial public offering in July, is growing sales at a rate of 47 percent per year.

Universe and criteria: 101 U.S. IPOs in 2012 with an offer size of at least $100 million.