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Monday
Sep242012

Best and Worst Performing S&P 400 Mid Cap Stocks QTD

Similar to our post earlier on the best and worst performing S&P 500 stocks this quarter, the tables below summarize the stocks in the S&P 400 Mid-Cap index that have been the best and worst performers.  Like the large cap stocks highlighted earlier, these stocks may see a continuation of the trends they have seen so far this quarter as the quarter comes to an end.

In terms of the best performing stocks, the names highlighted below are not as familiar to most investors as S&P 500 stocks.  Shaw Group (SHAW) has been the index's best performing stock with a QTD return of 60%, and it is followed by KB Home (KBH), which shot up the list following Friday's strong earnings report.  Other notable names on the list include cloud play Rackspace (RAX) and crane operator Terex (TEX).  In terms of sector distribution, Industrials are the most heavily represented with seven stocks, followed by Consumer Discretionary and Technology, which each have five stocks on the list.

Looking at the list of worst performing stocks, shares of SUPERVALU are down more than 50% this quarter.  The next two names on the list are both in the for-profit education sector (ESI and ITT).  A lot of Consumer Discretionary stocks saw big declines this quarter as nine of the 25 names on the list below come from the sector.  Finally, while the Technology sector had five stocks on the list of big winners, it has six stocks on the list of big losers, including ADTN, CIEN, INFA, ISIL, QLGC, and ROVI.