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US markets: Stock pickers are the real winners right now

The broader S&P 500 index is trading in record territory Monday, but the real winners are the investors who have picked the right stocks along the way.

Between the index's last closing high in May 2015 and Friday, more than two-thirds of the stocks in the S&P 500 have either gained 10 percent — or lost that much, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices. More than 40 percent of the S&P 500 has seen moves of 20 percent or more.

Utilities, telecoms and consumer staples, the so-called "defensive" sectors, are up more than 10 percent between that last record close and Friday's close, Silverblatt said, while energy is down more than 10 percent in that period.