Two years after the financial crisis sent the S&P 500 to its lowest level in over 12-years, investors celebrate the strong comeback of the stock market.
Indeed, the current rally is the S&P’s best 2 years in over 55 years.
Since the stock market hit its low on March 9, 2009, the financial sector has gone up the most, with a gain of 169%, followed by consumer discretionary and industrial stocks, rising 145% and 141%, respectively.
Ironically, financial companies, which posted the sharpest declines during the recession, are now leading the way to the upside.
The average percent return for companies in the financial sector stands at 231%, with a median value of 179%. And of the 80 stocks that make up the financial sector, only one company is trading in negative territory since the market low: People's United Financial (PBCT), down 26%.
Among the ten major sectors, telecommunication stocks are the laggards of the group, up 43%.
What follows is an overview of the best and worst performing stocks in each of the major US indexes since the March 2009 low.
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