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These stocks look just like the New York Mets

Only five stocks are up in 2015 that had been down 2009-2014

The Mets' Daniel Murphy hits a two run homer against the Cubs during Game 4 of the 2015 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field, on Oct. 21, 2015.
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The Mets' Daniel Murphy hits a two run homer against the Cubs during Game 4 of the 2015 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field, on Oct. 21, 2015.

If the New York Mets were a stock, what stock would the team be?

It's no surprise that the Mets struggled in past seasons before making this big run to the World Series. To be specific, the Mets were down from 2009 through 2014 before finally having an above-.500 season in 2015.

With the help from our data partners at Kensho, we were able to conclude that only five stocks from the S&P 500 matched that profile.

Those companies are Vulcan Materials Company, First Solar, Hudson City Bancorp, Newmont Mining Corp, and Citigroup. Citigroup, which owns the naming rights to the Mets' home stadium of Citi Field, could even be riding the team's winning record to positive territory. As we've reported, sports team performance can have a dramatic effect on the sponsoring company's stock price.

To be specific, Kensho found only a dozen stocks in the S&P 500 that were down from 2009 through 2014. Among them, only the five listed above have been positive in 2015 through Wednesday.

Obviously, Citigroup is the most well known of the group and has been through a lot of ups and downs since the financial crisis. Even 2015 is very much one for the bubble. As of Wednesday's close, Citigroup was up this year. But after Thursday's losses, Citi is now down for the year. Maybe they can look to their stadium for inspiration: The Mets were barely positive at the All-Star break, at 47-42, before breaking out with a late summer and fall surge.

Vulcan has been the best performer of the group, while Hudson City and Newmont have been just barely hanging into positive territory for the year.

The question for all five of these stocks — and the Mets — is: Can these gains continue into next year? Is 2015 the start of a trend, or just an single aberration in a much broader theme?

Disclosure: NBCUniversal, parent of CNBC, is a minority investor in Kensho.