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Interesting graphic from the WSJ showing sector and key stock performance:

Nearly everyone got involved in the stock market’s winning 2012: Nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index look set to end the year in positive territory.

Shares of banks, insurers and other financial companies were on track to post the biggest gains, soaring 26% from the start of the year through Dec. 21. Bank of America (BAC), one of 2011′s worst performers after the euro-zone debt crisis, a slew of layoffs and an uproar over bank fees, has more than doubled in value this year.

Close on the heels of the financial sector were consumer-discretionary stocks, which include retailers, cable and entertainment companies and restaurant chains. The group also includes homebuilders, whose shares doubled this year amid signs of recovery in the housing market; shares of PulteGroup (PHM) nearly tripled this year, while Lennar (LEN) nearly doubled.

Full article is linked below . . .
 

 

Source:
S&P 500 in 2012: A Tale of Winners
KAITLYN KIERNAN
WSJ, December 25, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323291704578199641470670374.html

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2 Responses to “S&P 500 in 2012”

  1. hwwesq says:

    Surprised/amused that COP is in red on the graph. It gives the impression that Conoco Phillips did not do well as a stock this year. But COP spun off PSX, and when you take the current price of both stocks, accommodating for the split proportion, the sum is greater than COP’s high for the year.

    So COP owners, from beginning to end of 2012, are actually in the green. A wag of the finger, WSJ!

  2. SecondLook says:

    Well, they are looking at specific stock returns, ignoring splits, spin-offs, and I believe, dividends.

    A better chart would show all three, more reflective of return on investment during the calendar year.

    Side note: Most investors seem to ignore the energy sector, outside perhaps Exxon, the biggest name in the field. This, despite the fact that the price of oil has more than quadrupled since 2000.