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Market selloff? These stocks are getting hit hardest

Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
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Since the S&P 500 hit a record price of 1,729.86 on Sept. 19, volatility is up more than 50 percent. While the market retracts from its highs, some of this year's winners are bearing the brunt of the losses.

Case in point: Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The stock gained more than 90 percent before pulling back almost 20 percent from its 52-week high. While investors have benefited handsomely year-to-date, some of those gains are evaporating. Similarly, First Solar is trading more than 28 percent below its 52-week high in May, after nearly doubling from the beginning of the year through May.

Other major indexes are also feeling the heat. The Nasdaq 100 has fallen 2.7 percent in the past two days, its worst two-day loss in over three months, while the Dow is off by 930 points, or 6 percent, from its all-time high of 15,709.58 in September.

Some Wall Street darlings, including Facebook, Netflix, Priceline and Yahoo, are down over 8 percent for the week. Biotech is also getting hammered. The NYSE Arca Biotech Index fell by 4.5 percent on Tuesday—its worst percentage drop in two years. One reason for the sharp decline is that these stocks have been hot performers, with S&P 500 biotech companies up about 60 percent in 2013.

Here are other names that had phenomenal runs this year but are now pulling back.

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Ticker Company Price YTD % Chg. % off 52-Wk High
FSLR First Solar 42.29 37.1 -28.3
HPQ Hewlett-Packard 20.75 45.6 -25.3
VRTX Vertex Pharma 72.22 72.4 -19.7
AVP Avon Products 19.97 39.1 -19.2
HRB H&R Block 27.26 46.8 -15.1
EA Electronic Arts 24.07 65.8 -14.4
SEE Sealed Air 26.72 52.6 -14.4
IGT Intl. Game Technology 18.18 28.3 -14.2
COG Cabot Oil & Gas 35.09 41.1 -13
TRIP Tripadvisor 71.7 71 -12.8
TSN Tyson Foods 28.3 45.9 -12.7
RF Regions Financial 9.22 29.3 -12.4
GME GameStop 49.32 96.6 -12.1
WHR Whirlpool 134.07 31.8 -11.7
CMA Comerica 38.65 27.4 -11.1
KEY KeyCorp 11.3 34.2 -10.5
TIF Tiffany & Co. 74.76 30.4 -10.3
WDC Western Digital 63.38 49.2 -10.2
MET MetLife 46.45 41 -10.1
REGN Regeneron Pharma 287.68 68.2 -10.1
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