With the S&P 500 closing above the levels it closed at on the Friday before the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers (9/12/08), we wanted to take a look at the performance of individual stocks over that time period. Using the S&P 1500 index (which comprises large, mid, and small cap stocks) as a proxy, the average stock in the index is already up 16.9% over that period. Of the 1500 stocks, 95 are up more than 100%, while two are actually up more than 500% (SLXP and NFLX). On the downside, there are 58 stocks in the index that have lost over half of their value since 9/12/08.
In the table below, we highlight the 25 best and worst performing stocks in the S&P 1500. Anyone who had some of these names in their portfolios for the last two years is certainly feeling pretty good about things. The list of biggest losers is littered with stocks from the Financial sector, with the two most notable names being AIG (-77%) and C (-74%).
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