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Wednesday
Jan292014

More Losers than Winners in 2014

Another day of declines has left the average stock in the S&P 500 down 3.62% year to date.  Below is a chart showing the average year-to-date change for stocks in each of the ten S&P 500 sectors.

As shown, Consumer Discretionary stands out in a big way on the downside, while Health Care stands out for bucking the trend and actually posting gains so far this year.

Below are tables showing the best and worst performing stocks in the S&P 500 year to date.  Just five stocks (or 1%) in the index are up more than 10% year to date, while 48 stocks (nearly 10%) are down more than 10% year to date.  Juniper Networks (JNPR) is up the most so far this year with a gain of 22.86%.  Beam (BEAM) is just behind JNPR in second place with a YTD gain of 22.36%.  F5 Networks (FFIV), Alcoa (AA) and Constellation Brands (STZ) round out the top five.

The biggest winner from last year on the list of winners is Netflix (NFLX).  After posting a gain of 297% in 2013, NFLX is up another 8.76% so far this year.  The biggest loser from last year on the list is Newmont Mining (NEM).  NEM was down 50.4% last year, but it has bounced back 7.99% so far in 2014.

Best Buy (BBY) leads the list of losers so far this year with a decline of nearly 40%.  GameStop (GME) ranks second with a decline of 28.8%, followed by Cliffs Natural (CLF), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and International Game Technology (IGT).  As the worst performing sector so far this year, it's not surprising that 4 of the 5 and 7 of the 10 biggest losers are Consumer Discretionary stocks.

The biggest winner from last year on the list is Best Buy (BBY) at the very top.  After a gain of 236% in 2014, BBY has shed 40% of its value in just 29 days.  Cliff Natural (CLF) is the biggest loser from last year on the list, following up on its 2013 decline of 32% with a further fall of 23% this year.

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