As we approach the end of 2009, CNBC is running a series on the best and worst stocks, commodities, and other asset classes of the year. Today, we look at the S&P Sector rankings and their underlying winners & losers since December 31, 2008.
Despite a rough start in 2009,stocks in the S&P 500 are poised to close the year with their best gains since 2003. Since hitting a 13-year low on March 9, the S&P 500 is up nearly 67%, and 25% year-to-date.
Among the ten major S&P sectors, technology stocks lead the gains, up 61%, followed by material and consumer discretionary companies, rising 47% and 41%, respectively.
The laggards this year are telecom and utilities companies, posting increases of just 4% and 8% for the year.
The top three stocks in the S&P 500 in 2009 are XL Capital (XL), Tenet Healthcare (THC) andAdvanced Micro Devices(AMD), each company up over 360% this year.
To the downside, Marshall & Ilsley (MI), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and Citigroup (C) have declined the most, with losses of 51%, 52% and 60%, respectively.
The tables below highlight the top ten best performing stocks in each of the top three sectors this year.
Note that since our article on December 16, a number of stocks included below have added gains north of 20%.
>> Click here to view our Dec. 16 update
Keep coming back to CNBC by the Numbers for more Best and Worst of 2009.
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