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Long Island stocks that paid off the most in the last year

Not all investments are winners, but when it comes to money placed in shares of Long Island-based companies, some stocks offer better returns than others.

We've taken a look at Long Island opening stock prices on May 5, 2014, and compared those to where prices were trading at the opening bell on May 5, 2015.

This list was compiled using a chart of local stocks that run in Newsday's business section, with figures supplied by Bloomberg. Prices were obtained via Yahoo Finance.

Here is a look at the companies that delivered the best return on investments, and how much the return on a $1,000 investment would be. In other words, had you invested $1,000 a year ago, what would it be worth today?

$2,254 -- Manhattan Bridge Capital

This Great Neck-based firm lends to real estate
Photo Credit: Manhattan Bridge Capital

This Great Neck-based firm lends to real estate companies. It paid a dividend three times in 2014 as its stock continues to climb.


Ticker symbol: LOAN
May 5, 2014 price: $2.04 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $4.60 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $2,254

$2,177 -- Misonix Inc.

The Farmingdale-based maker of surgical devices has seen
Photo Credit: Newsday

The Farmingdale-based maker of surgical devices has seen its shares perform well over the 52 weeks.


Ticker symbol: MSON
May 5, 2014 price: $6.10 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $13.28 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $2,177

$1,799 -- 1-800-Flowers

The Carle Place-based company delivers flowers and other
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

The Carle Place-based company delivers flowers and other gifts worldwide. About 70 percent of its business is online.


Ticker symbol: FLWS
May 5, 2014 price: $5.54 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $9.97 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,799

$1,630 -- Biospecifics Technologies Corp.

This Lynbrook-based bio-pharmaceutical company makes medicines that break
Photo Credit: Biospecifics Technologies

This Lynbrook-based bio-pharmaceutical company makes medicines that break down excess scar tissue.


Ticker symbol: BSTC
May 5, 2014 price: $23.46 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $38.24 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,630

$1,531 -- Chembio Diagnostics Inc.

The manufacturer of point-of-care tests is based in
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

The manufacturer of point-of-care tests is based in Medford.


Ticker symbol: CEMI
May 5, 2014 price: $3.05 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $4.67 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,531

$1,448 -- Verint Systems Inc.

The Melville-based software vendor increased its financial forecast
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

The Melville-based software vendor increased its financial forecast earlier this year.


Ticker symbol: VRNT
May 5, 2014 price: $42.95 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $62.23 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,448

$1,412 -- Hain Celestial Group Inc.

The seller of organic and natural foods is
Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

The seller of organic and natural foods is based in Melville.


Ticker symbol: HAIN
May 5, 2014 price: $43.21 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $61.04 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,412

$1,412 -- Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.

The Lake Success-based processor of investor documents is
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

The Lake Success-based processor of investor documents is up over the past 52 weeks.


Ticker symbol: BR
May 5, 2014 price: $38.34 per share
May 5, 2015 price: $54.14 per share
Total value of a $1,000 investment: $1,412

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