The passing of Charlie Munger on Nov. 28 marked the end of a chapter for longtime fans of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B). Munger often spoke less than Warren Buffett during the company's famous annual meetings in Omaha, Nebraska. Berkshire Hathaway is a behemoth of a company -- the seventh-largest-weighted stock in the S&P 500 and the largest non-"tech" U.S.-based stock by market cap ("tech" because Meta Platforms and Alphabet are in the communications sector, while Tesla and Amazon are in the consumer discretionary sector).
With the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite Index having risen by double-digit figures in 2023, some investors might be thinking that things are starting to get a bit frothy in the market from a valuation perspective. Let's take a closer look at Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), stocks that have crushed the market in 2023. Apple shares have climbed 45% this year, a gain that is fully attributable to its price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple expansion.
It's been a great time to be an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shareholder. The popular consumer tech business has seen its shares soar an impressive 46% this year. And the company now carries a market capitalization that's approaching $3 trillion.