By the Numbers

Best and Worst Performing Stocks in August 2011

NYSE Trader

With August coming to an end Wednesday, here is a look at the best and worst performing stocks within the major U.S. averages.

The NASDAQ finished the month down 6.4 percent, followed by S&P 500 with a loss of 5.7 percent, and a 4.4 percent decrease for the Dow .

This month's losses marked the largest percent declines for the S&P and Dow since May 2010 and June 2010 for the NASDAQ. It was also the worst August since 2001 for all three indices.

Indeed, the stock market is now down for four consecutive months, with the S&P 500 posting a loss of 10.6 percent during this period, followed by the NASDAQ and Dow, down 10.2 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively.

The last time the S&P 500 posted four months of losses was on February 2009, when it fell 37.3 percent between September 2008 and February 2009.

On the following three months, from March to May 2009, the index rose 20.4 percent.

The table below highlights the best and worst performing stocks this month, along with their performance year-to-date (YTD).

Data source: CNBC Analytics and Thomson Reuters

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