For most investors, the 2000s will be known as the lost decade ? and for technology investors, it was even worse.
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), EMC (NYSE: EMC) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) were the biggest stock market gainers in the roaring 1990s, with gains of around 80,000 percent each, and AOL wasn’t far behind.
A decade later, the picture couldn’t be more dramatically different. The top stocks of the 2000s have been names like Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ: GMCR), Hansen Natural (NASDAQ: HANS) and Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH) ? representing coffee, energy drinks and fertilizer ? and other top names were in energy, slot machines, environmental services, healthcare and apparel, according to Time magazine.