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The Best (And Worst) Channel Stocks Of 2013

It was a good year, stock pricewise, for the publicly held solution providers and distributors tracked by CRN. All saw the value of their shares grow, but a few almost doubled in value.

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Wall Street had a very good 2013. And many publicly held solution providers and distributors had a very good year in terms of their stock prices.

All 21 companies on our index recorded double-digit increases in the value of their shares in 2013. That may not be so surprising given that the Dow Jones Index increased 26.5 percent last year and the NASDAQ grew 34.3 percent. The stock prices of most of the companies on this watch list, however, grew faster than that -- some much faster.

But was this a case of a rising stock market tide raising all share-price boats? We provide information about the companies' most recent financial disclosures, and some companies' stock prices went up even though they had flat sales or even revenue and/or income decreases in 2013. Some increased share values didn't necessarily reflect company growth. In those cases, shareholders apparently bid up stock prices in anticipation of future growth.

Here's a look at which channel companies' stock did well in 2013 and which ones really took off.

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