Nvidia, the darling of the stock market for 2001

Nvidia, which makes graphics chips for Microsoft's new Xbox game console, saw its shares more than quadruple, making it the year's best performer in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

Nvidia opened the year at $16.50. It quadrupled to close 2001 at about $68--even as shares of dot-coms, chipmakers and telecommunications companies melted. Nvidia's upswing was fueled by a strong video game market and its recent addition to the prestigious S&P 500.

Previous winners, include Enron (who's now trade at 60 cents -- a drop of 99 percent), and Qualcomm (it's stock now trades nearly 75 percent below its 1999 high, adjusted for a stock split, of $185.03).

Widely respected among video game fanatics, Nvidia makes chips that churn data into realistic-looking video in game systems and computers. Its stock has succeeded even as the S&P 500 index dropped 12 percent.

News source: CNet News

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