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Unexpectedly Upward Bound: Big-Company Stocks Make a Strong Showing in a Traditionally Weak Period (Washington Post)

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 (NASDAQ:AAPL), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), AT&T (NYSE:T), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and General Motors (NYSE: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 (NYSE:HAL), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and 3M (NYSE:MMM), which were down 23%, 13%, 11% and 8%.
Related links: Full articleDow, S&P 500 Have Momentum to Drive Through All-Time HighsStock Market Health Improved, But Concerns RemainU.S. Large Caps Trending PositivelyLarge Cap Stocks Provide More Safety than Small Caps in the Current Environment
Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Diamonds Trust, Series 1 (NYSEARCA:DIA), S&P 500 Index - "Spiders" (NYSEARCA:SPY), iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSEARCA:IWM)

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