The Best (And Worst) Technology Stocks Of 2012


Western Digital

CEO: John Coyne

Dec. 31, 2012: $42.49
Dec. 31, 2011: $30.95
Change: 37.3%

Western Digital shares jumped more than 37 percent, part of a strong year on Wall Street for drive companies (See No. 1 on this list). In September, the company unveiled a new hard-drive platform in which helium replaces the air inside the drives, pointing the way for many more years of potential development in the hard-drive business.