Best & Worst Performing Stocks Since March '09

The impressive recovery since the March 2009 lows has helped 41% of stocks in the S&P 500 to double or more in price in the last year.

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One year ago today, the S&P index closed at its lowest level since September 1996, down 57% from the market peak reached on October 2007.

In the past twelve months, however, stocks in the S&P index posted an average gain of 117%, helped by a 68% rise of the equity index.

A review of the S&P shows that half of its components have posted gains north of a median return of 85% since the March low, compared to a median gain of 79% for companies in the NASDAQ 100 , and a median value of 77% for the stocks in the Dow.

At the forefront of the gains among the ten major S&P sectors, financial stocks are up the most, rising 115%, followed by consumer discretionary and industrial companies, with gains of 99% and 94%, respectively.

Out of the major US indices, the rally has been led by technology stocks, with the NASDAQ Composite up 84% since the close on March 9, 2009, and the Russell 2000 Index, a measure of small-cap companies, advancing 94%.

The tables below portray some of the winners and losers on the one-year anniversary of the market rally.

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S&P 500

  • S&P 500 Percent Change Since March 9, 2009: 68%
  • Index components' overall average gain: 117%
  • Number of companies trading up : 490
  • Median gain: 85%
  • Number of companies trading down: 10
  • Median loss: 6%

Nasdaq 100 Winners & Losers


  • Nasdaq 100 percent change since March 9, 2009: 81%
  • Index components' overall average gain: 105%
  • Number of companies trading up: 99
  • Median Gain: 79%
  • Apollo Group is the only company in the red since March 2009

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Dow percent change since March 9, 2009: 61%
  • Index components' overall average gain: 88%
  • Number of companies trading up: 30
  • Median gain: 77%

Data source: CNBC Analytics & Thomson Reuters

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