Summary: Large-cap stocks have been on a tear lately: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 4.74% and the S&P 500 was up 5.17% for the three months ending September 30th. Small caps have not fared as well: The Russell 2000 index was up only 0.13% for the same period. Health care, telecommunications and information technology sectors experienced the strongest growth, with Q3 gains of over 8%. Winners included Apple (AAPL), Pfizer (PFE), AT&T (T), Microsoft (MSFT) and General Motors (GM), which saw gains of 33%, 21%, 17%, 16% and 13% respectively. Losing sectors were air freight, construction, raw materials and energy sectors, which were hurt by the slowing economy and declining commodity prices. Big losers included Halliburton (HAL), United Parcel Service (UPS), ConocoPhillips (COP) and 3M (MMM), which were down 23%, 13%, 11% and 8%.
Related links: Full article • Dow, S&P 500 Have Momentum to Drive Through All-Time Highs • Stock Market Health Improved, But Concerns Remain • U.S. Large Caps Trending Positively • Large Cap Stocks Provide More Safety than Small Caps in the Current Environment
Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Diamonds Trust, Series 1 (DIA), S&P 500 Index - "Spiders" (SPY), iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM)
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